What kind of people make money by toying with veterans’ health? Certain VA and Big Pharma types, of course.
I think most people, when tempted to accept something desirable (like cash) at the expense of their professional integrity and at the expense of unwitting sick people in their charge, see “red flags” popping up everywhere, waving wildly. This is a person’s conscience saying, “No, that wouldn’t be right. It’s tempting, but it’s clearly wrong.”
Some people are completely without that inner voice, however and, as we have talked about here in my DEADLY PRESCRIPTION blog, these are called psychopaths. It’s well to note again that the percentage of psychopaths in the executive suites of the business world is much higher than that in the general population. Psychopaths see others as mere obstacles to climb over or push aside as they move towards their goals. It’s nearly as much a matter of physics as it is a matter of psychiatry.
As reported recently in the Connecticut daily CtPost.com, this was the scenario at several VA hospitals across the nation – yes, VA hospitals, where one might have hoped things had been cleaned up of late. Turns out, doctors from the facilities that treat Americans wounded in war have been focusing on opportunities for themselves to make extra cash and enjoy luxury dinners and concerts, according to federal prosecutors. The doctors’ generous sponsors, they say, were usual suspects – pharma executives.
CtPost says prosecutors are seeking indictments against the CEO and other employees of Advanced BioHealing, Inc., as well as several unnamed physicians at the VA centers. They are accused of conspiracy to defraud the United States, among other charges, for a scheme where the doctors were paid for speaking engagements at lavish dinners with other VA employees, as well as receiving other compensation for promoting the pharma company’s products at the VA.
Advanced BioHealing sells a “biologic” bandage that they purport mimics real human skin. The VA was the company’s number one sales target.
Now imagine you are a retired soldier seeing a doctor at the VA. How would you feel if you knew the doctor was getting paid by a private corporation to try out their product on you!?
To try and imagine what these alleged conspirators were thinking (or feeling – if anything), likely would be a futile endeavor. Most of us have consciences that abhor the darkness of such brazen selfishness.
We are left but to wonder – and explore. Through media such as my upcoming novel, DEADLY PRESCRIPTION, and daily news reports, we can examine the dynamics of these amazing phenomena around us – the wealthy psychopaths. Can capitalism as we now know it bear their weight? More importantly, can law enforcement, prosecutors, and our criminal justice system at-large keep us safe from this rapacious breed of man? For science doubts nothing about this fact: A psychopath knows not the real difference between a parking pylon and a human being who might stand in his way, also.