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Evil Yoda posted a topic in National/World NewsCalifornia has launched an investigation into Aetna's coverage decision-making process. Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, who was a medical director for the company for about three years ending in 2015, has testified under oath that he never looked at patient medical records when deciding whether to approve or deny coverage. Aetna defends Iinuma and "looks forward" to hearing from the California insurance investigator's office so it can explain its procedure. Dr. Arthur Caplan founder of New York University's division of medical ethics, calls Iinuma's testimony a "huge admission of fundamental immorality".
North Carolina has accused drugmaker Insys of various illegal acts in connection with the company's attempts to boost sales of its fentanyl-based pain medication Subsys, meant for cancer patients. The roots of the opioid epidemic may well be discovered in the sales practices of greedy drug companies.
An article about companies profiting by shipping parts dissected from altruistic donors pretty much everywhere. And how some of these people, overwhelmed by their greed, sent infected bodies and parts overseas. Apparently, in a lot of places, cutting up bodies for anatomical use is difficult due to local religious or cultural tradition. Here in the United States, that's less of a problem, so the demand produces a steady flow of parts.