Physicians Against Drug Shortages urges the SEIU, Sen. Schumer, and the American Hospital Association to drop their opposition to GPO reform and join with us to end the global drug shortage crisis.
Fmr Rep. Phil English (R-PA) Blair Childs, Premier Inc.
Fmr Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) Fmr Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
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Curtis Rooney, president, Healthcare Supply Chain Association (formerly Health Industry Group Purchasing Association, or HIGPA), the GPO trade group.
His marching orders: Keep GPO kickbacks by blocking repeal of Medicare anti-kickback safe harbor by all means possible. [Note: Mr. Rooney resigned suddenly in early July 2015 without explanation. HSCA gave no reason for his departure]
*READ our New York Times op-ed of Sept. 3, 2013, "How a Cabal Keeps Generics Scarce"
Richard (Rich) Umbdenstock, president & CEO, American Hospital Association. Top hospital executives oppose reform because they receive patronage fees and other perks to ensure compliance with rigid GPO contracts. Further, state hospital associations extract additional "fees" by operating their own GPOs.
The most rabid opponent of GPO reform in Congress is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). At a Mar. 15, 2006 Senate Antitrust hearing on GPO abuses, he lambasted his colleagues, Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike DeWine (R-OH), for even holding the hearing.