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Aviation Safety - How Safe are We Really 8/8/2009 5:00 PM Central Time 60 Minutes
The traveling public owe their safety in the air to those who behind the scenes maintain air flight safety. We will be talking today about how pilots are responsible to report issues of airplane maintenance and safety and what happens when they do. The Colgan Air Flight 3407 departed late from Newark on February 12, 2009, at 9:20 p.m. EST. Shortly after the last communication by the flight crew with approach control at 10:11 p.m. (03:11, February 13 UTC), the plane stalled less than a mile northeast of the Outer Marker while on an ILS approach to Runway 23 and crashed into a house in the northeast Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center. Could this plane disaster have been avoided if only airline management listen to the whistleblowers? The total number of reported fatalities was 50, including all four crew members and one off duty crew-member, all 44 passengers, and one resident of the house that was struck. One woman on the plane was also pregnant. There were four reported injuries on the ground, including two other people inside the home at the time of the crash. Among the reported dead were: Alison Des Forges, a human rights investigator and an expert on the Rwandan genocide, Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett, jazz musicians who were en route to a concert with Chuck Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Beverly Eckert, who became co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee and a leader of Voices of September 11 after her husband Sean Rooney was killed in the September 11 attacks. Listen to these experienced pilots as they tell you the real behind the scenes story.
Determining Prisoner Abuse and Civil Rights Violations 8/10/2009 9:00 AM Central Time 60 Minutes
There are those who watch the court system to see if we as a nation are truly protecting the basic rights of American Citizens. Today Dr. Janet Parker, Medical Whistleblower will be interviewing Ken Townsend, a civil rights advocate from the San Jacinto Constitutional Study Group in West Texas. We will be hearing firsthand about a current case in Houston Texas and interviewing those who know this case well.
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Medical Whistleblower - Medical Fraud in the Pharmaceutical Industry 8/3/2009 9:00 AM Central Time 60 Minutes
Medical Whistleblower will be examining the Pharmaceutical Industry use of it's financial and political power to control the medical community. In spite of clear indications that certain drugs are not safe, the pharmaceutical representatives continue to push these medications on vulnerable patients and utilize bribes and coercion to get primary physicians to prescribe dangerous drugs. Research findings pointing out the dangerous side effects of these medications are suppressed and the Food and Drug Administration deceived in order to obtain licensing. Psychotropic medications in particular are pushed on vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, people in prison, the homeless and welfare recipients. Zyprexa and Prozac, drugs manufactured by Eli Lilly, has been marketed as a chemical restraint agent to be used on hyperactive children and unruly elderly patients. Information regarding adverse side effects including death and long term disability have been suppressed not only to the press but to the US governments own internal reporting system meant to catch problems of drugs when they are first placed on the market. Researchers are threatened to be silent about problems identified during clinical trials and bribed if they participate in the cover up. medical fraud, pharmaceutical industry, whistleblower, medical ethics, quality of care Health
The Melodious Whistleblowing Canary in the Transportation Industry 8/1/2009 5:00 PM Central Time
Today our guest is Dan Hanley, a veteran airline pilot and Transportation Whistleblower. We will be discussing how hostile psychiatric evaluations can be used to silent dissent and the reporting of fraud, mismanagement, corruption and safety issues within the airline industry. This will be a personal account by airline pilots with many years of experience who were retaliated against for standing up courageously and doing the right thing. These Transportation Whistleblowers are our leaders and important spokespersons for passenger safety.
Just like the coal mine canaries, our Medical Whistleblowers show the effects of being exposed to the toxic work environment that the bullies in the workplace create. The sick canary is a sure sign that the air in the coal shaft is toxic and that management should change something or face the consequences. Today we will be learning about some of the ways they silence the whistleblowing canary. Our guests will share their own personal experiences. The workplace becomes toxic for them and they are placed in a position of distress. The clear signal to management should be for there to be change however instead many times the canary is treated like a no good trouble maker. False allegations against the canary’s professional competence and even personal character are common.
Medical Whistleblower - Dr. John Virapen - Eli Lilly Insider Tells All 7/27/2009 9:00 AM Central Time 60 Minutes
Medical Whistleblower will be interviewing Former Eli Lilly executive, Dr. John Virapen Ph.D. He will be revealing his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry as an industry insider. This is especially important in the wake of the recent $1.4 billion settlement from drug maker, Eli Lilly. John Virapen used to be the executive director of the Swedish branch of Eli Lilly & Company, one of the biggest internationally active pharmaceutical companies. Dr. John Virapen has been working for more than 35 years for the pharmaceutical industry, as manager for several companies such as Eli-Lilly and Novo Nordisk. He lives now in Germany and has written a book, Side Effects: Death which is currently a best seller in Europe about his experiences which is available in English, Swedish and German. While working for Eli Lilly, John Virapen engaged in the development of aggressive marketing strategies, and can speak about massive corruption within the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical companies invest the considerable amount of 35,000 Euro per year and physician to get the physicians to prescribe their products. John Virapen says that more than 75 percent of leading scientists in the field of medicine are paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. In some cases corruption prevailed in the approval and marketing of drugs. John Virapen writes that illnesses are made up by the pharmaceutical industry and specifically marketed to enhance sales and market shares for the companies in question. Pharmaceutical companies increasingly target children. There have been years of withheld information regarding the adverse side effects of pharmaceuticals promoted by Eli Lilly, including the possible role of Prozac in inducing suicide and homicide. The signs of drug induced violence and suicidality were there since Prozac was first tested in pre-marketing trials.
Medical Whistleblower - Universal Health Care for All 7/25/2009 5:00 PM Central Time 60 Minutes We are now finding the necessity of a health care revolution not just a changing of the guard. We have too many people in the United States who cannot obtain or afford health care. Health Care Insurance does not guarantee coverage for everyone. Health Insurance Companies are in the business of making profit. Profit in their eyes is charging the most and giving out the least in health care benefits. This middle man is sapping the economic viability right out of our health care system. We need to keep a real public option on the table, one that provides for all the people in a reasonable and affordable way. Health Care must be able to be transferred with the patient when their financial and employment situation changes. Employers especially small business owners are finding it harder and harder to afford to provide health care to their employees. We need true reform not just empty promises.
Medical Whistleblower - Hate Crimes 7/18/2009 5:00 PM Central Time 60 MinutesWhat is a Hate Crime? How is it different from other crimes? How does it impact victims? Let's hear from some victims of hate crime and see from a personal perspective how truly violating these crimes really are. We are reminded by the recent violence in Wichita, Kansas of the insidious nature of hate crime. The murder of a doctor who ran a women's clinic in Wichita is said to have been done by an abortion opponent. Referring to the killing of Kansas doctor George Tiller, Attorney General Eric Holder said nothing can justify the act. There was the shooting death of a security guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, said to be by a self-avowed white supremacist and the shooting of two U.S. soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas, which prosecutors say was committed by a man targeting the U.S. military for what it had done to Muslims. All these crimes qualify as hate crimes. Just how many hate crimes are there in the United States? How well do we investigate them? Do we get some measure of justice for the victims? Eric Holder stated that "We will not tolerate murder or the threat of violence masquerading as political activism," he said. "And we will do all that we can to deter violence against reproductive health care providers and to prosecute those who commit such violence to the fullest extent of the law." Thus the head of our Department of Justice, Eric Holder has renewed his call for stronger hate crimes legislation and given his support to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is expected to go before the Senate for a vote soon.