Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg And Hedge Fund Husband Named In Lawsuit Over Levaquin.
A lawsuit naming former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg as a defendant has been filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that she pushed through approval of antibiotic Levaquin. The suit also names her husband, Peter Brown, who at the time of Hamburg’s tenure ran a hedge fund that was heavily invested in Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Levaquin.
And this isn’t the first time Levaquin has been in the news. As of 2012, over 3,400 product liability claims had been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who claimed they had suffered tendon damage due to their use of Levaquin. While the majority of those cases had been settled by 2014, the new lawsuit alleges that 5,000 people have died as a result of Hamburg’s alleged conspiracy and cover-up at the FDA.
Indeed, some facts are inescapable: the hedge fund that Hamburg’s husband Peter Brown ran was heavily invested in Johnson & Johnson, to the tune of $342 million in 2011. and because the fund’s employees were compensated based on the performance of the fund, Brown’s income went from $10 million in 2008 to a staggering $125 million in 2011.
The suit alleges that Hamburg acted against the recommendations of FDA advisors and reviewers with regard to Levaquin, resulting in the drug’s approval and the windfall for her husband.
The complaint reads: “Each and every Defendant acted in concert with one another in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States to violate RICO through a pattern of racketeering activity because of personal, financial gain, to fraudulently convey false and misleading information concerning the safety of Levaquin, and to conceal from the Plaintiffs, the public, physicians, and healthcare providers, the risks of serious adverse events, including mitochondrial toxicity, certain neuropsychiatric adverse events… and other chronic, degenerative illnesses directly associated with Levaquin.”
And a fun fact in this election year: the suit also alleges that Hamburg essentially bribed her way into getting the FDA appointment by contributing to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and The Clinton Foundation. She is on record as having donated to the Clintons in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and the lawsuit alleges a quid pro quo, in which Hamburg was awarded her position at the FDA in exchange for these donations.
It was a recommendation from Clinton that actually secured her the position, according to the suit.
What’s more, during her confirmation hearings Hamburg failed to disclose her husband’s financial interest in Johnson & Johnson.
All of which is fairly routine power elite shenanigans, until you look deeper and realize what these avaricious swine were doing to actual human beings in order to secure their filthy lucre. The symptoms from Levaquin include: widespread bodily pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, severe balance issues, spasms, joint pain, tendon issues, seizures, nerve damage, abdominal pain, acid reflux, nausea, constipation, colitis, cognitive impairment, cardiac issues, kidney damage, liver damage, pancreatic damage, respiratory issues, depression, psychosis, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, bruising, tinnitus, sexual dysfunction, and DNA damage.
But. you know, as long as the couple got their payday, what’s a little liver damage among friends, right?
It’s time to shut the revolving door on the pharmaceutical industry and government positions. The time is long past, in fact.
When these greedy bottom-feeders make their money on the pain and physical destruction of ordinary people, we must make them pay. A lawsuit is too good for them–there should be criminal charges.
Or maybe just go straight to the torches and pitchforks.