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Legal Expert John LeBlanc of Manatt Speaks About the Prevailing COVID Fraud in the USA

 


The instances of healthcare fraud surge wherever there is paid medical care in a country. Recently, the USA has fallen prey to the above trend, and the situation is extremely concerning. Though detection, testing, treatment, and vaccination have suddenly surged in America, these cases have matched the increase of prevention and disease.

John LeBlanc, a reputed healthcare lawyer with the reputed law firm Manatt LLP in the USA, says that this situation is really dangerous and concerning. He is based in Los Angeles and has over 28 years of experience in the field of litigation and regulatory matters that affect managed care and health insurance sectors. He has even represented some of the leading health plans and insurers in the nation, and this includes the largest not-for-profit healthcare service plan in California. He represents some of the most prominent trade associations in the health insurance sector as well.

John LeBlanc of Manatt refers to a US Acting Assistant Attorney General who stated in March that if anyone is considering using the global pandemic as an opportunity to scam and steal from hardworking people in the USA, his advice here is simple- don’t.

The surge in counterfeit vaccines, medical supplies, and vaccination records

There are reports of people being guilty of peddling medical supplies that are counterfeited. He emphasizes the fact that this current development is very bad and deeply concerning for the welfare of the USA. The health concerns in the nation today are at an all-time high aspeople are extremely worried about treatment and vaccination.

Infections are increasing, and he says, “Internationally, counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines have already been identified, and this practice may worsen as the vaccination rollout continues,” and adds, “In April, Pfizer Inc. identified the first confirmed instances of counterfeit versions of its vaccine in Mexico and Poland. And as businesses make return-to-work plans and schools welcome back students, knowing how to spot counterfeit medical supplies may prove critical so that only authentic medical supplies are used to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

Moreover, he adds that the hesitancy to take the vaccine and the possibility of seeing vaccination mandates at work, travel, and education have led to the generation of processes to manufacture and distribute counterfeited vaccination cards. This has led to the rise of schemes that will result in prosecution.

John LeBlanc of Manatt also adds reports of counterfeited equipment and supplies in the USA. Medical hardware has also been implicated. The CDC has released guidance to assist consumers in detecting counterfeited respirators, citing that a respirator might be counterfeited if no markings are designating the respirator as a National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved device. He says, “The CDC also noted that when buying medical supplies from third-party marketplaces or unfamiliar websites, buyers should watch out for warning signs like a listing claim that the medical product is ‘legitimate’ or ‘genuine,’ and whether the seller seems to market trendier items rather than consistent items over a longer period of time.

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