Monthly Archives: July 2012

Patients often inquire about the treatment for “shingles” (herpes zoster). Here is a typical report from a patient in his own words that confirms the point. There are many others that travel a similar course however some require more prolonged treatment and a certain degree of persistence. Eventually all can be cured.


Dr. Fred Kahn


July 10, 2012

Orville Baily

orvdean@sympatico.ca

Dear Dr. Kahn,

I know I am late in sending this to you and was waiting to see if I had a recurrence of the problem. I can happily say that there has been nothing since I had the last Laser Treatment on July 2011.

To explain my situation, I sustained a very painful case of shingles while on a river cruise through Europe. I went to an MD in Venice on July 6th and was told there is no cure and “here are some pain pills for you to take”. On arrival home on the 9th I went to the Emergency room at Mississauga Hospital and was told the same thing. The next day I saw another MD and now the same familiar response happened.

On the 13th my nephew who is a chiropractor in Vancouver and uses Dr Kahn’s Laser Treatment called me and got me into Meditech and I had my first treatment on the 13th. I had some relief after 2 days. I had a total number of 3 treatments over 14 days and as I have said earlier, have had no trouble since. I would recommend this treatment to anyone.

Incidentally, I should also mention that the severe degenerative osteoarthritis of my spine cleared up completely at the same time.

From a very satisfied patient,

Orville Baily

GlaxoSmithKline fined $3-billion in largest health fraud settlement in U.S.

July 9, 2012

The article included in this message stimulates serious reflection about the efficacy of our educational systems along with our moral and ethical standards.

In the past week alone, evidence has emerged that JP Morgan Chase gambled away 9 billion dollars of investor assets, nevertheless I am confident that management will not reduce their unrealistic, bloated salaries.

In the same week, Barclays Bank was fined $500,000,000.00 for cheating the world at large by conspiring to fix the Libor rate, the basis of the international financial system, and now GlaxoSmithKline —- one of the so-called protectors of our health status has committed what I feel is the most serious fraud of all, as the article clearly confirms.

The first two criminal activities are only monetary in scope, but this one plays with your health and indeed facilitates your demise while profiting from the process.

Really, what is the world coming to?

GLOBE AND MAIL – JESSE J. HOLLAND

GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges and pay $3 billion to settle what government officials on Monday described as the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history.

The agreement, which still needs court approval, would resolve allegations that the British drugmaker broke U.S. laws in the marketing and development of pharmaceuticals.

GSK targeted the antidepressant Paxil to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only, and it pushed the drug Wellbutrin for uses it was not approved for, including weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction, according to an investigation led by the U.S. Justice Department.

The company went to extreme lengths to promote the drugs, such as distributing a misleading medical journal article and providing doctors with meals and spa treatments that amounted to illegal kickbacks, prosecutors said.

In a third instance, GSK failed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety data about its diabetes drug Avandia, in violation of U.S. law, prosecutors said.

The misconduct continued for years beginning in the late 1990s and continued, in the case of Avandia’s safety data, through 2007. GSK agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor criminal counts, one each related to the three drugs.

Guilty pleas in cases of alleged corporate misconduct are exceedingly rare, making GSK’s agreement especially unusual.

The agreement to settle the charges “is unprecedented in both size and scope,” said James Cole, the No. 2 official at the U.S. Justice Department. He called the action “historic” and “a clear warning to any company that chooses to break the law.”

The settlement includes $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines.

GSK said in a statement it would pay the fines through existing cash resources. The company announced a $3 billion charge in November related to legal claims.

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty said the misconduct originated “in a different era for the company” and will not be tolerated. “I want to express our regret and reiterate that we have learnt from the mistakes that were made,” he said in a written statement.

The GSK settlement surpasses what had been the largest criminal case involving a drugmaker in U.S. history. In 2009, Pfizer Inc agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle allegations it improperly marketed 13 drugs.

The cases follow a trend of U.S. authorities cracking down on how pharmaceuticals are sold, in part because of the rising cost of providing drugs through government programs.

Part of civil fines address allegations that, from 1994 to 2003, GSK underpaid money owed to Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor run jointly by states and the federal government. The company had an obligation to tell the government its “best prices” but failed to do so, prosecutors said, and $300 million of the settlement will go to states and other public health authorities.

A portion of the $2 billion in civil fines may go to a group of whistleblowers who contributed to the government’s investigation and who are eligible to share in the recovery under the False Claims Act. Cole said the amount has not been determined.

As part of the settlement, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to new restrictions by the U.S. government to prevent the use of kickbacks or other prohibited practices. The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the “Corporate Integrity Agreement” for five years.

The company will not be able to compensate its salesmen based on sales goals for territories. It was also required to change its executive compensation program to allow the company to “claw back” certain pay for those engaged in misconduct.

Witty said GSK’s U.S. unit has “fundamentally changed our procedures for compliance, marketing and selling. When necessary, we have removed employees who have engaged in misconduct.”

Prosecutors have not brought criminal charges against any individuals in connection with the GSK case, although the settlement expressly leaves open that possibility. Cole declined to comment on the possibility of future charges.

Almost exactly a year ago GSK agreed to pay nearly $41 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia in an unrelated case about substandard manufacturing processes at a Puerto Rico factory.

In 2010, the company took a $2.4 billion charge in connection with Avandia to settle claims from patients.