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    New Times investigates Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, and finds that she had stolen prescription drugs, from a medical-aid charity she heads, and that she used the names of unsuspecting employees to get prescriptions. When this story was first leaked, Senator McCain called upon his attorneys to deviate attention from a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Tom Gosinski, a man whom his wife fired. New Times finds the Senator was involved with many questionable activities, supposedly to to detract from the questions of Mrs. McCain's drug addiction. (Sept. 1 - 7, 1994)
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    ABC filled 100 prescriptions at 100 different pharmacies and recorded the transactions on hidden camera to document chain of command and what the testers were told about the drugs. Findings revealed that five out of 100 dispensed drugs contained serious errors--four that could cause critical health effects. The study also found nearly a third of the pharmacists not providing drug counseling as required by law. (Jan. 4, 1995)
  • Cutting Costs - or Quality?

    The Washington Post Weekly reports that "as cost-conscious insurers transform the health care system, some experts are applauding them for bringing greater efficiency to medicine. But many patients and medical professionals...argue that the system is cutting corners as well as costs..."
  • MEDICARE, MEDICAID, MEGAFRAUD

    WCIX-TV (Miami, Fla.) finds that dozens of South Florida medical clinics are defrauding the Medicaid and Medicare systems by allowing patients to submit hundreds of dollars in phony claims; doctors are being paid under the table to sign blank prescriptions for medical equipment companies; tax dollars are wasted, while unscrupulous clinics, doctors and medical supply companies are getting rich, Feb. 19 - 21, 1992.
  • Dr. Nogood

    City Paper (Washington, D.C.) reports on how the medical profession protects doctors who routinely make mistakes; finds the National Practitioner Data Bank, which is a repository of critical information about misdiagnoses, mistreatment, and professional misconduct by the nation's doctors, is not accessible to the public.
  • Reading, Writing & Ritalin

    WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo, Mich.) reveals that more children in Michigan are taking Ritalin than in any other state in the country; doctors are pressured by parents and teachers to fill prescriptions to combat attention deficit disorder; the addictive drug has physical and psychological effects on children; misdiagnosis is frequent, Nov. 7-9, 1990.
  • Mail Order Prescriptions

    CBS News investigates the mail-order pharmaceutical industry after an Idaho woman died from receiving the wrong prescription; the reporters overcame stonewalling by the company and a gag order by obtaining footage of the pills, Feb. 8 - 9, 1989.
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    The Times (Trenton, N.J.) uncovers a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud scheme by a medical supply company; the firm obtained Medicare recipients' Social Security numbers, prepared medical supply prescriptions based on false conditions, had doctors sign incorrect documents, and billed Medicare, June - December 1989.
  • Dr. Drugs

    WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) airs series on a doctor who runs a one-man prescription mill, pushing prescriptions for profit, 1983.