Thursday, August 27, 2009


Appalachian Sting

West Virgina Public Radio presented an interesting piece that updates that Mylan story. As reported here, Mylan has filed suit against the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the two reporters who wrote the original story re: Mylan's internal report about workers overriding computer warnings. The FDA has since reviewed the issue and declared appropriate remediation was taken by the company.

The suit against the reporters, and the newspaper, focuses on how they obtained, and used, the internal report.

In the meantime, the Post-Gazette is the same newspaper that broke the story of the bogus MBA obtained by Mylan's CEO. That former CEO was promoted to President of the company a month ago. A feud in the hollows?

In any event, there remain a number of interesting features of the story, including:

1. The reality of internal regulation, which is obviously a good thing.

2. Whether Mylan ought to have at least notified the FDA of its own policing, what it found, and what it did?

3. Whether such events are "newsworthy" if material for their reporting is appropriately obtained. It would seem that the version of the story we now have--Mylan's successfully halting what might have been an enormously serious problem--would only be good for the company's reputation. But the opportunity to bring it out was never taken.

4. Is it possible that a habit of secrecy, certainly legitimate in many instances, also works to the industry's disfavor in others?


  1. It will be interesting to find out how the information was received by the two reporters. If the information that they used in the articles just "landed on their desk from an anonymous source" then it will be quite interesting.

    What is interesting is that the CEO is now the President even after it was discovered that she did not earn her MBA, which she claimed she had.

    I am starting to see a pattern here. Overriding the internal regulatory process is ok, and while you are at it you can also override academic qualifications as well....

  2. It is definitely newsworthy. This murky story should be on TV news channels across America. Instead, viewers see endless drug ads.

    Bravo to the Post-Gazette and their reporters! Unfortunately, they might all be at risk. Freedom of the Press might be at risk. Finding out what’s in your medicine bottle might be at risk

    Per Jim Edwards of BNET, Mylan is on the hunt for the person(s) who handed over documents to the Post-Gazette:

    “The claim puts the P-G in a difficult position: It must now stand firm and protect its sources. If it does not, the employees of Mylan or its vendors who transferred the report to the P-G will probably be fired on the spot, and then sued.” See:

  3. Indeed. Shades of the "enemies list."

    One of the things about a mole hunt is that you sometimes find yourself not only down a hole but up a creek you hadn't anticipated.....

  4. Falsifying your job application should be grounds for termination. The CEO had to fill-out a job application where she attested to the veracity of the facts on the application. Whether the MBA is material to the skills she use in her current position is irrelevant, it speaks to the integrity of the individual. And now to the organization who shows their level of integrity by promoting her.

  5. My Little Lambie PieSeptember 1, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    In fact, the person who was "terminated" (by self or other) was the Prez of the University.

    Don't mess with the Guv'ner's daughter.


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