When a leading physician at a Japanese university discovered suspicious results that contradicted claims by a major medical company, he turned to a small company in the U.S., headed by a creationist, for help.
The conversation led to a nine-year saga, as Tom Cantor, president of Scanti-bodies Laboratory near San Diego, California, led teams that conducted rigorous tests to verify the problem. He then tried to get the international community to listen.
Cantor discovered that the test kits, sold by a division of Quest Diagnostics, were showing inaccurately high levels of parathyroid hormone among Medicare patients. As a result, patients were being prescribed potentially harmful doses of vitamin D supplements or having unnecessary surgery.
Cantor sent thousands of emails to health providers with little response. Then one day he discovered the False Claims Act, which requires the U.S. government to investigate complaints by whistleblowers. So he filed suit.
In April 2009 the company whose test product had been proven wrong entered into a settlement, pleading guilty and paying the U.S. government $302 million.
To encourage whistleblowers to come forward, the law gives them a portion of the settlement. Cantor plans to use his award money to fund research to help other patients who suffer from drug-resistant infections like hepatitis and HIV. Read more about this creationist businessman at www.answersingenesis/go/cantor.
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