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Eye On America (Prescription Drug Scam) #735123

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 11, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) A scheme called "marketing the spread," in which drug companies and doctors manipulate prices and defraud Medicare, featured; details given about the guilty pleas of TAP Pharmaceuticals†† and AstraZeneca† on charges they helped bill the government for drug samples doctors got for free; AstraZeneca‚Äôs response quoted. [Whistleblower Doug DURAND†- explains how TAP helped doctors pocket extra income from selling the prostate cancer drug Lupron.] [US attorney Mike SULLIVAN†- says taxpayers suffer by paying a higher premium.] [TAP president/CEO Thomas WATKINS†- says marketing the spread is done routinely.]

Rather, Dan;
Andrews, Wyatt

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