Will a Pharmaceutical CEO Finally Be Held Accountable for Misbehavior on His Watch?
Dr. Roy Poses
…So the facts in the Forest Laboratories case make protests that holding corporate leaders accountable for misbehavior on their watches will stifle innovation seem disingenuous. Furthermore, it makes no sense to pay top corporate leaders outrageous amounts for everything good that happens on their watch without similarly holding them accountable for everything bad that happens then.If the US government is really going to hold one corporate leader responsible for misbehavior by his subordinates on his watch, that would be a step forward. As we have said again and again, we will not deter unethical behavior by health care organizations until the people who authorize, direct or implement bad behavior fear some meaningfully negative consequences. Real health care reform needs to make health care leaders accountable, and especially accountable for the bad behavior that helped make them rich.