In re Oversight of Drug Promotion Investigations
- Case Date: 3/24/2005
- Project Name: Health Care Project
On March 24, 2005, WLF filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), urging DOJ to remove the Office of Consumer Litigation ("OCL," a branch of DOJ located within the Civil Division) from its oversight and supervisory role in criminal cases arising under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) involving alleged improper promotion of pharmaceuticals. WLF charged that OCL has failed in that role and has done little to develop a coherent federal government policy regarding when such criminal investigations are warranted. WLF said that OCL has simply rubber-stamped whatever criminal investigation local U.S. Attorney Offices have sought to initiate. WLF asked that the coordination role be reassigned to an office within DOJ's Criminal Division, which has far more expertise and experience in addressing the issues inherent in any criminal investigation.
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