Harkin, by the way, shook Menendez’s hand on the way out of the courtroom.
At the time of the meeting, which took place at Harkin’s Senate office, the Iowa Democrat was chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Harkin chaired a Senate health committee at the time.
Melgen did most of the talking to “present his side of the story” during the 2011 meeting, while Menendez silently listened to the doctor describe “a problem he was having with CMS”, Harkin said, further elaborating on two specific takeaways.
Former Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa testified he met with Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen in 2011 to discuss Melgen’s multimillion-dollar billing dispute with Medicare.
Menendez, 63, stands accused of accepting bribes from the West Palm Beach, Fla., ophthalmologist – including private-jet trips and vacations – in exchange for favors, such as help with Melgen’s Medicare dispute. Harkin said Melgen did most of the talking during the meeting centered on Melgen’s practice of getting multiple doses of the eye medication Lucentis from a vial that was created to have just one dose. He claims that actions like arranging the meeting between Harkin and Melgen were done because Melgen brought issues that seemed valid to his attention.
According to the indictment, a staffer from Harkin’s office later had a conversation with officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that was “unfavorable to Melgen”.
Harkin said Melgen made a compelling argument about the waste involved in only allowing for a single dose of medicine to be extracted from a vial that holds multiple doses. “Harkin coming on board”, Walls added.
Smith told jurors on Monday that he had initially urged his boss not to take the meeting, but that they made a decision to attend at least in part because “Melgen had a lot of political friends and they could cause real problems for the Commerce Department”.
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“He’s treating three people and only paying for one vial”, Harkin said.
Harkin is not the only former senator who may testify at some point in Menendez’s trial.
Jenelle Krishnamoorthy said she recommended Harkin, her boss, take no action on Melgen’s behalf because she viewed his situation as an “individual dispute” and not a “policy matter”.
She said a Melgen lobbyist, who also attended the meeting, later requested Harkin write a letter to Medicare about the reimbursement dispute.
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