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Clinton-Related Political Conspiracy Added to RICO Lawsuit Involving Former FDA Commissioner

Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) reports that Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg is being charged with “conspiracy… to reap large financial returns by failing to disclose… the full extent of the devastating, life-threatening, and deadly effects of a highly dangerous pharmaceutical drug named Levaquin.” This is a very serious allegation in its own right. There is more.

“The suit [also] alleges that Dr. Hamburg and her husband had made large donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, and to the Clinton Foundation… Defendant Hamburg was recommended to and promoted to President Obama to fill the role of FDA Commissioner by Hillary Clinton, to whom Defendant Hamburg and Defendant Brown had provided, and continue to provide, significant political contributions and other gratuities. ($2 million contribution to Hillary Clinton election campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org).” 

SOURCE: Former FDA Commissioner Charged in RICO Lawsuit

A Federal Lawsuit charges Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with conspiracy, racketeering & colluding to conceal deadly drug dangers – under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (RICO) law. The amended RICO lawsuit was filed on April 11, 2016 in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. on behalf of eight plaintiffs who claim they have suffered severe harm by ingesting the drug, Levaquin whose deadly risks were concealed to protect financial interests. […]

— Alliance for Human Research Protection

You may read the entire amended legal complaint:

SOURCE: Case 1:16-cv-00086-RJL Document 20 Filed 04/11/16 (Amended Levaquin Complaint)

This Amended Complaint sets forth allegations that involve a conspiracy by Defendants, each and every one of them, to reap large financial returns by failing to disclose to Plaintiffs and the public at large the full extent of the devastating, life-threatening, and deadly effects of a highly dangerous pharmaceutical drug named Levaquin. Specifically, on or about May of 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg as a political appointee to become Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On information and belief, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg was nominated as a result of huge political and other gratuities to Hillary Clinton and The Clinton Foundation, and at Mrs. Clinton’s recommendation. During the confirmation process before Congress, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, acting in concert with her husband, Peter F. Brown and the other Defendants named in this Amended Complaint, at all material times the Co-CEO of a hedge fund named Renaissance Technologies, L.L.C., failed to disclose to Congress and other relevant authorities, her and her husband’s clear-cut conflict of interest – specifically, that Renaissance Technologies, L.L.C. held hundreds of millions of dollars of Johnson & Johnson stock, the manufacturer of the deadly drug, Levaquin. […]

I thank fellow-blogger, Honey, at Slices of Heaven in Sweden for bringing this news story to my attention. In her introduction to the news link she posted, she says, “It amazes me that USA citizens are uninformed and not demanding actions. I hope that EU evaluates these drugs independently before they approve them for use in Europe.”

Honey has a point about U.S. citizens being uninformed. By Googling “Margaret A. Hamburg lawsuit,” I saw this story has little coverage by the American mainstream media. Some major news network affiliates did appear to cover it on local stations. That’s about it. For example ABC2, or WMAR Baltimore, covered the initial lawsuit on January 20, 2016. Presumably, they thought it was news-worthy because a local Baltimore woman is one of the plaintiffs.

On the other hand, both The New York Times and Time, for instance, reported on Hamburg’s resignation from the FDA in March of 2016. This coverage praised her FDA tenure, particularly for quickening the pace of drug approvals. The search terms “Margaret Hamburg” and “Levaquin lawsuit” found nothing at either NYTimes or Time about the lawsuit.

The original Levaquin Complaint is dated January 18, 2016. The lawsuit’s amendment of April 11, 2016 adds the aspect of political conspiracy to the complaint.

Clinton-Related Political Conspiracy Added to RICO Lawsuit Involving Former FDA Commissioner was first shared on Aware & Fair

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

8 Comments

  1. stuartbramhall

    I think it’s high time for the FBI to go after Hillary Clinton for State Department decisions she made to overlook human rights requirements for countries that made major donations to the Clinton Foundation.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      A agree. But I don’t expect them to do diddly-squat. We are very far from stated values in this country. We must deal with corruption in politics before anything will be done… about anything.

  2. nedhamson

    This has little to do with either of the Clintons and has a great deal to do with money for the plaintiffs and a strategy to drag in whom ever they can to draw attention to their suit. The drug was approved in 1996 and Dr. Hamburg was appointed to the FDA in 2009.

    I could find no reference to 5,000 deaths.

    Levofloxacin was approved for medical use in the United States in 1996.[1] It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.[3] It is available as a generic medication.[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levofloxacin

    This is a private suit, not filed on behalf of the government.
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    TERRY ASTON,
    Baltimore, Maryland
    JOHN FRATTI,
    Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
    LINDA MARTIN,
    Phoenix, Arizona
    DAVID MELVIN,
    Chatsworth, Illinois
    JENNIFER WILCOX,
    Oroville, California
    Plaintiffs,

    a conspiracy by Defendants, each and every one of them, to reap large financial returns by failing to disclose to Plaintiffs and the public at large the full extent of the devastating, life-threatening, and deadly effects of a highly dangerous pharmaceutical drug named Levaquin. Specifically, on or about May of 2009,
    President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg as a political appointee to become Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). On information and belief, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg was nominated as a result of huge political and other gratuities to Hillary Clinton and The Clinton Foundation, and at Mrs. Clinton’s recommendation.

    Despite these concerns, some physicians agree fluoroquinolones are still a viable treatment option or some patients.

    “I actually do think there is a role for these antibiotics in cases of sinusitis. I think part of the problem is that the recommendations that are out there are not being followed,” Monica E. Parise, MD, chief, Parasitic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Medscape after the FDA panel meeting. Parise was one of the voting members of the panel.

    In the meantime, there are about 350 lawsuits pending in a fluoroquinolone MDL in the U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Just lawyers looking to make a buck? Maybe. Thanks for all your research in this comment, Ned.

  3. Robert A. Vella

    The level of institutional corruption in America, facilitated through the expanding practices of corporatism, is truly staggering. Sooner or later, this entire rotting system will collapse under its own weight; and, that day will bring a scale of destruction unprecedented in human history.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You know, Robert, when I was a kid in history class, NY Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall and all the old-time Chicago corruption, kind of stuck in my head. I assumed then that such corruption was a thing of the past… Our corporate crooks of today probably can’t comprehend they are just as crude and vicious. Maybe more so; they have a longer reach.

      • Robert A. Vella

        I know. There is a sociological tendency for younger generations to assume that progress is constantly linear and that the sins of their fathers will fade with time. It is a rather peculiar human trait; but, people realize it wasn’t true as they get older. It must have something to do with the dichotomy between the idealism of youth versus the experience of maturity.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Yes. Another human tendency holds true: power corrupts.

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