B. Braun Medical is a U.S. subsidiary of German pharmaceutical company, B. Braun Melsungen AG.
In December 2010, Braun agreed to pay $14.7 million to resolve allegations that it caused the Medicaid program to pay inflated amounts for 49 of its drug products, including water-based solutions used to facilitate the intravenous infusion of other drugs and for fluid replacement.
Less than four months later, B. Braun’s compliance program came out with two unusual videos.
Call them the Corporate Crime Music Videos.
In the first one, a group of three white collar criminals in orange jumpsuits are working on a prison road crew picking up trash.
The corporate crooks are singing a song about their failure to listen to the company’s compliance department.
The song goes like this:
I’d still have a gig selling lots of ivy stuff
But I took a Doc to golf and paid for it all by myself
I thought the rules were there for somebody else but not for me
Now I’m doing three to five in a penitentiary
Should have listened to compliance
But now it’s way too late
I could have seen this coming at me but now I’ve sealed my fate
They put me in a courtroom
They threw the book at me
Don’t make the same mistake my friend
Listen up attentively
We’re telling you — compliance
Don’t sit there like a blob
The rules must be obeyed or it will cost us all our jobs
Put down that Blackberry
Wish I had of listened and behaved compliantly.
At the end of the video, up comes this notice from the company:
“While corporate compliance may be little more than a laughing matter at some companies, the B Braun group takes compliance seriously. We will continuously be recognized for not only our outstanding products and services, but also for the way we consistently conduct business on an honest and ethical basis and in compliance with the laws governing how we do business.”
The second video shows a group of white collar crooks in business suits singing about facing a judge at trial. It features a corporatecriminal defense attorney who uses Law for Dummies to prepare for his case.
Ignorance is no excuse
Those words we often hear
Judge I pray that you won’t make my sentence too severe
Those tickets to that Broadway show
Did not help me land that business
I’m telling you the truth your honor
Judge said — call your next witness
Called my next witness and my witness spilled the beans
Listed dinners I sprang for and the price of that cuisine
All those donuts we dropped off
Maybe the jury won’t notice my chronic disobeying
Call my next witness
But they all sang the same tune
Your honor, it’s not like a day at the ballgame is a trip to Cancun
Sure I got a few things
But these guys, they’re my clients
Give me a chance judge and I promise to get back
It’s unclear whether the company was ordered to make the videos or put them out on their own.
B. Braun did not return calls seeking comment for this story.