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Ex-Novartis Exec Sues Company, Claims She Was Fired For Being Whistleblower

Montville woman says was wrongfully terminated shortly after major study was denied, report says.

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A former executive with Novartis has filed suit against the pharmaceutical giant, claiming she was fired for being a whistleblower on a perceived kickback scheme.

According to nj.com, Min Amy Guo, from the Towaco section of Montville, claims she was wrongfully terminated shortly after opposing a $400,000 project she believed was disguised as research in return for kickbacks.

Guo, the former executive director of Novartis’ Health Economics and Outcomes Research Group, objected to a study in June 2012 that would study the use of the breast cancer-fighting drug Afinitor, the report said.

After Guo’s objection, she was backed up by the executive director of clinical operations refused to approve the study in July 2013, the report said. Guo was fired shortly thereafter.

Read more about the lawsuit here. 

CC July 08, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Kickbacks (GREED) is part of what makes drugs so expensive! Chris Christie - HERE is a good place to start with cleaning up NJ corruption. We all do not live down the shore. Come fix North Jersey too.
Geoff Cabral July 08, 2014 at 09:29 AM
C'mon CC! What the heck does the Guv'nor have to do with allegations in a civil court case? Do you want the Guv to be responsible for our trash pickup misadventures, too? The JS issues are natural disaster-related so, of course, that falls under Head-of-State purview. Potential corporate criminal matters are for our prosecutors to handle - ok? It seems a new national pastime to pile on CC for every ill or perceived pain in NJ. It's mostly public union driven aided by their willing accomplices in the msm, of course. Given that the prevailing lean economic times have finally caught up with the unrealistic bloated pensions and relatively short working careers of our "public servants," we real taxpayers shouldn't fall for their "death throw" histrionics. They need to wakeup and adapt to these economic times just like we did 2 decades ago....

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