2001​

"Needles"
60 Minutes with Mike Wallace                                            
Feb. 22, 2001                                                                          
WATCH SEGMENT
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HRDI: A Secret Slush Fund for Hospital and GPO Executives


"Conflict Case at Hospitals is Settled"

The New York Times, Jan. 25, 2007

READ ARTICLE


"Hospital Chiefs Get Paid for Advice on Selling"

The New York Times, July 17, 2006

READ ARTICLE

MEDIA REPORTS

Note:  Articles and documents with links highlighted in red contain material on GPOs and drug shortages
The Premier Inc./Malcolm Baldrige Award Scandal


"Baldrige Interrupted"
Modern Healthcare, Jan. 1, 2007


2006

"History of Baldrige award winner angers some"

USA Today, Nov. 29, 2006

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"Award raises questions"

Charlotte Observer, Dec. 1, 2006

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"Local firm wins prize, and some controversy"

San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 8, 2006

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2002 New York Times "Medicine's Middlemen" Investigative Series

"Times and Boston Globe Win Polk Awards for Reporting"

The New York Times, Feb. 24, 2003

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"More Hospitals Change the Way They Buy Drugs and Supplies"

The New York Times, Dec. 28, 2002

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"Hospital Network's Switch is a Blow to Novation"

The New York Times, Nov. 23, 2002

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"Ethics Standards Overhaul Urged for Hospital Buying Groups"

The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2002

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"A Region's Hospital Supplies: Costly Ties"

The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2002

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"Senate Panel Weighs Tighter Rules for Hospital Purchasing"

The New York Times, Sept. 15, 2002

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"Spitzer Opens Inquiry Into the Business Practices of Hospital Buying Groups"

The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2002

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"A Persistent Small Supplier Gets Contract for Hospitals"

The New York Times, Sept. 4, 2002

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"3 Medical Supply Companies Receive U. S. Agency Subpoenas"

The New York Times, Aug. 15, 2002

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"Buying Group for Hospitals Vows Change"

The New York Times, Aug. 9, 2002

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"Buying Group for Hospitals Changes Ways"

The New York Times, Aug. 6, 2002

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"Accusation of Conflicts At a Supplier To Hospitals"

The New York Times, Aug. 1, 2002

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"Questioning $1 Million Fee in a Needle Deal"

The New York Times, July 19, 2002

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"A Mission to Save Money, A Record of Otherwise"

The New York Times, June 7, 2002

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"Senate Panel Criticizes Hospital Buying Groups"

The New York Times, May 1, 2002

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"Hospitals Find Buying Groups May Not Come Up With Savings"

The New York Times, Apr. 30, 2002

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"Hospital Group's Link to Company is Criticized"

The New York Times, Apr. 27, 2002

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"Hospital Products Get Seal of Approval at a Price"

The New York Times, Apr. 23, 2002

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"When a Buyer for Hospitals Has a Stake in Drugs it Buys"
The New York Times, Mar. 26, 2002

"Medicine's Middlemen: Questions Raised of Conflicts At 2 Hospital Buying Groups"
The New York Times, Mar.  4, 2002

"2 Powerful Groups Hold Sway Over Buying At Many Hospitals"
The New York Times, Mar. 4, 2002




"It's just like payola." Buying groups are "getting paid" to buy certain products, said Mr. Lombardi, whose hospital system dropped Premier [one of the two largest GPOs] in 1996.

Paul Lombardi, head of contracts, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle

The New York Times, March 4, 2002


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​​For more than 15 years, numerous media reports have documented the harmful impact of anticompetitive hospital group purchasing practices on patients, healthcare workers, and taxpayers.  Although these reports, notably a 2001 60 Minutes segment and a prize-winning 2002 New York Times investigative series, triggered Senate hearings and government investigations, nothing has changed because of the immense financial and political power of the GPO lobby.​
2017


"Drug supply shortage forces upheaval, care dilemmas on US hospitals"
Supply Chain Dive, May 25, 2017
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​2016


"Time to Free a Controlled Marketplace for Generic Drugs"
Barron's, Oct. 15, 2016
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"Iron Curtain of Drug Pricing Will Topple the Healthcare System"

The Hill.com (blog), Sept. 2, 2016

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"Disgraced EpiPen Maker Gave $10,000 to Schumer Campaign in June"

New York Post, Aug. 29, 2016

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"Facing Cancer Drug Shortage, U. S. Relies on Banned Chinese Plant"

Bloomberg News, July 21, 2016

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"Drug Prices Too High? Sometimes, They're Not Costly Enough" 

New York Times, May 30, 2016

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"Hospital Drug Shortages: What is Really Causing Them?"

Medill News Service, May 26, 2016

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"Generic Drugs: Low Supply and High Prices"
Sentinel: Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter, Spring 2016
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"Blog: Senator says GPOs may play role in high healthcare costs"
Modern Healthcare, Mar. 29, 2016
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"Blumenthal Seeks Answers on whether health purchasing groups are costing consumers"
New Haven Register, Mar. 28, 2016
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"Surviving Drug Shortages by Eliminating the Middlemen"

Modern Healthcare, Mar. 10, 2016

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"FDA is Not the Problem"
Center for American Progress, Mar. 9, 2016
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"Drug Shortage Guidelines: Sign of an Ongoing Problem?" 
MedPage Today, Feb. 2, 2016
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"Prescription Drug Pricing: Scam or Scapegoat?"
American Enterprise Institute, Feb. 2016
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"Drug Shortages Force Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments"
The New York Times, Jan. 29. 2016

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"Forum: Blumenthal's Silence Deafening on Root Cause of Surging Generic Drug Prices"
New Haven Register, Jan. 11, 2016
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2015

 

 

"Surmounting shortages: GPOs work creatively with manufacturers to avert drug shortfalls"
Modern Healthcare, Oct. 24, 2015
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*Note: Article is mistitled, in our opinion. Header should have read, "GPO execs accuse each other of anticompetitive practices, unethical conduct in causing shortages"

 

"Politics, Corruption and Drug Prices"
Valley News (NH), Oct. 2, 2015
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"Modern Medicine at the Crossroads"
Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons, Fall 2015
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"Premier Position"
Business North Carolina, Aug. 2015​​​​​​
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"Amerinet CEO Todd Ebert Replaces Curtis Rooney at GPO Trade Group HSCA"

Modern Healthcare, July 13, 2015

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"​Emergency Room Doctors, Paramedics Decry Shortage of Sugar, Salt Water​"
NBC NEWS 4 NEW YORK, June 4, 2015
WATCH SEGMENT

 

"J&J's Solution to the Compassionate-Use Hot Potato"
Life Science Leader Magazine, May 18, 2015

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"Expectations of drug shortages has become 'new norm" for cancer care"
HemOnc Today, Feb. 10, 2015

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"There's a National Shortage of Saline Solution. Yeah, We're Talking Salt Water. Huh?"
Fortune, Feb. 5, 2015
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"How to Stop Generic Drug Shortages: End Hospital Group Purchasing Kickbacks"

Fortune.com, Jan. 30, 2015

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2014

 

"Correcting Misperceptions Related to Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in the United States"

[Letter to the Editor, Journal of Oncology Practice, by Sherry A. Glied PhD, former assistant secretary, Department of Health & Human Services]

Journal of Oncology Practice, Dec. 23, 2014

READ LETTER


"Getting a Handle on Drug Shortages"

HealthTrust Purchasing Group,  Dec. 1, 2014

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"Drug Bust"

Slate, Nov. 20, 2014

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"Hospitals Cash in Premier Shares"
Modern Healthcare, Nov. 15, 2014
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"APNU MP links sole-sourcing to chronic drug shortages in local health facilities"

Kaieteur News Online (Guyana), Oct. 25, 2014

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"Healthcare GPOs promote positive influence ahead of GAO report"

Modern Healthcare, Oct. 21, 2014

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"Dangerous Drug Shortages"

AARP Bulletin, Oct. 2014

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"Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in the United States Revisited"

Journal of Oncology Practice, Sept. 2014

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'“Doctor, We Have No Saline Today”: The Curious Case of the Generic Injectable Drug Shortage'

Academic Emergency Medicine, July 5, 2015
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"The Scary Reality of a World Without Meds"

Reader's Digest, June 2014

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"Pay-to-Play: The Impact of Group Purchasing Organizations on Drug Shortages"
American University Law School Business Law Review, Spring 2014.

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Letter to the Editor in response to Oct. 2013 article on drug shortages by McKeever et al
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Mar. 2014

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"Nitroglycerin, a Staple of Emergency Rooms, is in Short Supply"

The New York Times, Mar. 25, 2014

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"Another Voice: Schumer defends system that creates shortages of critical prescription drugs"
Buffalo News, Mar. 16, 2014

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"Citing Distraction, Quality Forum CEO Resigns Boards Seats"

ProPublica, Feb. 27, 2014,

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NQF [National Quality Forum] CEO Outed as Member of Premier Inc. Board
HCRenewal, Feb. 21, 2014,

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"Payments to CEO Raise New Conflicts a Top Health Quality Group"

ProPublica, Feb. 12, 2014,

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"Drug Shortages Worsen: The Blame Game Continues"
American Council on Science and Health, Feb. 11, 2014

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"Drug Shortages Continue to Vex Doctors"

The New York Times, Feb. 11, 2014,

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"As You Were Saying: Drug Shortages Plague Hospitals"

Boston Herald, Feb. 8, 2014

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"GPOs fuel drug shortages"
Baltimore Sun, Feb. 7, 2014,

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"Generic Injectable Drugs Get a Boost"

Barron's, Feb. 4, 2014

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"Shortage of saline cause hospitals, dialysis center to scramble to manage supply"

Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2014,

READ ARTICLE

 

2013

"Editorial: What is the Solution to Drug Shortages?"

Life Science Leader, Dec. 2013,

READ ARTICLE

 

"Drug Shortages: Why They Happen and How They Can Be Solved"

Life Science LeaderDec. 2013

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​​"Solving Drug Shortages Requires Incentivizing Reliability, Infrastructure Quality"

Bloomberg Brief, Nov. 11, 2013,

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"U. S. FDA Outlines Plan to Combat Drug Shortages"
Reuters, Oct. 31, 2013

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"Editorial: Greed, Legalized Corruption, and the Death Penalty"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 13, 2013

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"The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath"

The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2013,

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 "Physicians Against Drug Shortages Challenge the Controlled Drug Market for Hospitals"

PolicyMed, Sept. 11, 2013,

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"Group Blames GPOs for Generic Drug Shortages"
Modern Healthcare, Sept. 4, 2013

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"How a Cabal Keeps Generics Scarce"
The New York Times, Sept. 3, 2013

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"How to Charge $546 for Six Liters of Salt Water"

The New York Times, Aug. 26, 2013,

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"Premier’s IPO Rumors Confirmed –Is MedAssets Being Cast as the Industry’s Torch Bearer?"
HCMatters.com, July 22, 2013 (HCMatters.com is a GPO industry mouthpiece)
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"Premier considers possible IPO, MedAssets attacks alleged plans as hospital purchasing competition heats up"
Modern Healthcare, July 19, 2013
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"U.S. Propofol Drug Shortages: A Review of the Problem & Stakeholder Analysis"
American Health & Drug Benefits
May/June 2013
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"Children are Dying"
Washingtonian, May 22, 2013,
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"Drug Shortages Not Going Away"
MedpageToday,  May 13, 2013,

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"Doctor Group Claims Drug Purchasing Organizations Causing Chronic Shortages"
Anesthesiology News, Apr. 3, 2013,

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"GPOs to Blame for Drug Shortages, Says Physicians Group"
Medscape,  Jan. 24, 2013

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2012
 
"Meningitis Outbreak: Lawmakers Question Drug Purchasing Groups"
Tennessean, Nov. 24, 2012

"Drug Shortages Persist in U. S., Harming Care"

The New York Times, Nov. 17, 2012

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"Buying Groups' Role in Drug Shortages Queried"
MedPageToday, Nov. 16, 2012,

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"Drug Shortages Spark Use of Compounders"
MedPageToday.com, Oct. 18, 2012
 
"Lapses at Big Drug Factories Add to Shortages and Danger"
The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2012
 
"Anesthesiologists Frustrated Over Continued Drug Shortage"
Medscape.com, Oct. 17, 2012
 
"Scant Oversight of Drug Maker in Fatal Meningitis Outbreak"
The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2012
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"In a Drug Linked to a Deadly Meningitis Outbreak, A Question of Oversight"

The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2012
 
"Hospital Pharmacists Must Get Creative Amid Drug Shortages"
Crain's Cleveland Business, Sept. 3, 2012
​​
"No Shortage of Blame"
Modern Healthcare, July 28, 2012
"What is causing drug shortages?"
Cato Institute, Mar. 16, 2012
 
"Supply of Methotrexate, a Cancer Drug, May Run Out Soon"
The New York Times, Feb. 11,  2012 
 

 

2011

 

"HHS Rejected ASP Hike After Weighing GPO, Drug Distribution Issues"

InsideHealthPolicy.com, Nov. 9, 2011

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"Obama Tries to Speed Response to Shortages of Vital Medicines"

The New York Times, Oct. 31, 2011

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"Cut Kickbacks to Hospital Group Purchasing Organizations, Not Medicare and Medicaid"

Roll Call, Oct. 21, 2011

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"Congress Should Puncture This Cartel"

Huffington Post, Sept. 29, 2011

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"An Empirical Analysis of Aftermarket Transactions by Hospitals"

Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy, Fall 2011

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"APP Pharmaceuticals Named NOVAPLUS Pharmacy Manufacturer of the Year"
Fresenius AG Press release, June 8, 2011
 
"When the Drug You Need to Cure a Cancer is Nowhere to be Found"
Washington Post, Apr. 18, 2011
 

"Medtronic Makes Pact-Ending Move"

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 25, 2011

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2010

 

"Billions Wasted in Way Medical Devices are Bought, Study Finds"

USA Today, Oct. 7, 2010

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"Broken Compensation Structures and Health Care Costs"

Harvard Business Review, Oct. 6, 2010

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"GAO, Senate Question Role of Hospital Supplies Middlemen"

Kaiser Health News, Sept. 28, 2010

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"Teva to Stop Making Propofol"

FiercePharma Manufacturing, May 31, 2010

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"Dirty Medicine"

Washington Monthly, July/Aug. 2010

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2009

 

"Watch Out for GPOs" 

Forbes.com, Nov. 12, 2009

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"Paying for Health Care---Will Congress Have the Guts to Bust This Trust?"

Huffington Post, Sept. 14, 2009

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"Senators Investigate Hospital Purchasing"

The New York Times, Aug. 13, 2009

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2008

 

Fresenius Closes APP Acquisition 
Fresenius Press release, September 10, 2008
 
 
2007
 

"Blowing the Whistle, Many Times"

The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2007

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Interview with U. S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) chairman, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee

Antitrust Magazine, Spring 2007

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"Battle Scarred"

Forbes,  Mar. 26, 2007

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"GPO Reform in Offing? Congress Monitors, while Schumer Shifts Stance"

Gray Sheet. Mar. 26, 2007,

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"Firm Handed 4bn pound NHS contract was investigated for overcharging"

The Times of London, July 31, 2006

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2005


"Hijacking at the Hospital"

Fort Worth Weekly, Nov. 23, 2005

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"First, Do No Harm"

Forbes, June 6, 2005

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"Supply Middlemen May Leave Hospitals Ailing"
Los Angeles Times,  Apr. 14, 2005

"Secrets Aid Drug Suppliers, Not UC"
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21, 2005

"A Valuable Drug Discovery at UC"
Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2005


2004

"Bill Would Tighten Control on Purchasing for Hospitals"
The New York Times, Oct. 2, 2004

"Wide U. S. Inquiry into Purchasing for Health Care"

The New York Times, Aug. 21, 2004

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"Syringe Manufacturer Settles Claim of Market Manipulation"

The New York Times, July 3, 2004

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2003


"Letter to the Editor: Favoring a Fee-based GPO System"

Healthcare Purchasing News, Aug. 2003

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"New Scrutiny Directed at Bundled Sale of Hospital Supplies"

The New York Times, Jul. 17, 2003

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"Hospital Supplier Says Auditor Has Quit"

The New York Times, May 30, 2003

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"Two Big Hospital Buying Groups Settle Lawsuit with Needle Maker"

The New York Times, May 8, 2003

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"Who Wins and Who Loses from Premier's Relationship with Montefiore?"

MonteWatch, Feb. 2003

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2002


"Letter to the Editor: GPOs Have Lost Customer Focus"
Healthcare Purchasing News, Aug. 2002

​​​2000


"New Jersey Hospitals Seek Savings, Nix GPOs"
Medical Data, Jan. 12, 2000

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1999


"Medical Innovation: Clash of Blood, Money- Patients Take Back Seat to Costs, Critics Say"
Houston Chronicle, Apr. 18, 1999


"Examine the Questionable Side of GPOs"

Dallas Business Journal, Mar. 14, 1999

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1998


"Epidemic Ravages Caregivers, Thousands Die from Diseases Contracted Through Needle Sticks"

San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 13, 1998

READ ARTICLE


"Locked Out of the Hospital"

Business Week, Mar. 16, 1998 

READ ARTICLE


"Exceeding Expectations: Execs of 1-Year-Old Premier Detail Ambitious Plans"

Modern Healthcare, Feb. 10, 1997

READ ARTICLE​​