November 18,2005

Chairman Grassley’s letter to SFBC International

November 17, 2005

Via Electronic Transmission
Original via USPS Mail

Arnold Hantman
Chief Executive Officer
SFBC International
11190 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33181

Dear Mr. Hantman:

The Committee on Finance (Committee) has jurisdiction over the Medicare andMedicaid programs, among other matters. Accordingly, the Committee is responsible tothe more than 80 million Americans who receive health care coverage under thoseprograms, including payment for drugs and medical devices. As Chairman of theCommittee, I am greatly concerned by a special report published in the December 2005issue of Bloomberg Markets, entitled, “Big Pharma’s Shameful Secret” (BloombergReport).

The purpose of this letter is to request that SFBC International cooperate with theCommittee's review of matters related to the Bloomberg Report and subsequent relatedarticles published by Bloomberg. As Chairman of the Committee, I request that you meetwith my Committee staff to discuss reported allegations related to SFBC International byno later than December 16, 2005. In cooperating with the Committee's review, nodocuments, records, data or information related to these matters shall be destroyed,modified, removed or otherwise made inaccessible to the Committee.

Thank you in advance for providing the name and contact information, includingan email address, for a person who will act as the point of contact for SFBCInternational during the Committee’s review. Please forward this information to theCommittee by no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2005.


Charles E. Grassley