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Independent Monitoring: The Best Medicine

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by Steve Nemmers, PhD, Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers, August 2013

Let’s begin with a sad assumption: There are a few crooks in the pharmacy business. It is not always easy to catch them, but once they are identified it is quite easy to determine what should be done. Regulatory agencies seldom need to spend much time on the crooks; the criminal process is well equipped to take care of them. Felony convictions usually lead to the issuance of an orange jumpsuit and the revocation of a professional license is an easy follow-on.

The situation is very different when a regulatory agency must deal with inept, disorganized, or dangerous behaviors in pharmacy practice…

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Ethics and Compliance

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by Eric R. Feldman, SHEQ Media, July 7, 2013

There is a trend, both in the US and abroad, for government regulators to take a more aggressive stance to address corporate misconduct.  The United Kingdom’s Bribery Act, which became effective in July of 2011, imposes prison terms, unlimited fines, and confiscation of property on individuals convicted of the crimes of bribery, being bribed, or bribery of foreign public officials, as well as on commercial organizations for failing to prevent bribery on their behalf…

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Conducting Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions: Beyond the Numbers

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by Eric R. Feldman, Compliance & Ethics Professional, July/ August 2013

Many companies considering merging with or acquiring other businesses proceed through a minefield of risks, only to find they have bought a bomb. The risk mitigation approach required by most boards of directors and private equity firms involves intense due diligence reviews in a variety of areas, including previous and pending litigation, multiple years’ financial results, independent audit opinions, background checks on executives and principals, scrutiny of government excluded parties lists, and verification of assets and property records..

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Addressing Ethical Risks of Sequestration

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by Eric R. Feldman, Federal Times, June 23, 2013

Sequestration’s mandatory spending cuts occurred this year due to the failure of both parties in Congress to agree on a budget compromise. The federal government is in the process of furloughing personnel, cutting programs and reducing or canceling contracts to meet these unprecedented budget reductions…

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An Expert’s View on Current Topics in the Securities Area

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by Mark Passacantando, PIABA Bar Journal Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012

In an ever-changing world of fast shifting securities arbitration issues, a changing advisory landscape and an overburdened regulatory structure, it makes sense to offer an update on topical issues. I have written about three particular areas that will be of interest to practitioners: the role of university securities law clinics, the use of independent monitors in the securities area, and identification of tools for effective risk management…

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