Over one year ago, Dr. Charles Denham, former editor of the Journal of Patient Safety and co-chair of the National Quality Forum, settled the DOJ’s lawsuit alleging $11 million he received in kickbacks from Carefusion. He is to pay $1 million to settle the allegations. Curious arithmetic. Worse, Carefusion made unsubstantiated representations about the appropriate uses of ChloraPrep while knowingly promoting sales of ChloraPrep for uses unapproved by the FDA and which did not meet the criteria of medically accepted indications.
So aside from the sketchy ethical conduct of the good doctor, he was promoting a product that was being marketed for uses not approved for safety.
Chuck, under the terms of the settlement, is permitted to maintain his innocence.
The lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Kirk v. CareFusion et al., No. 10-2492 (D. Kan.).
Marshall Allen of ProPublica released this information two days ago and more than a year after the settlement.
What an embarrassment for the patient safety movement.