Whistleblower removed from job for talking to the pressBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1153 (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1153
- Jeanne Lenzer
- New York
A whistleblower who uncovered evidence that major drug companies sought to influence government officials has been removed from his job and placed on administrative leave.
Allen Jones, an investigator at the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General (OIG), was escorted out of his workplace on 28 April and told “not to appear on OIG property” after OIG officials accused him of talking to the press. Reports of Mr Jones's findings were widely reported in the New York Times, BMJ (7 February, p 306), and elsewhere.
His findings showed that the pharmaceutical company Janssen had paid honorariums to key state officials who held influence over the drugs prescribed in …