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Top Ten State Healthcare and Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2020

Posted  01/8/21
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State and local governments are on the front lines of enforcing anti-fraud laws and play a critical role in ensuring that businesses and individuals are held accountable.  Whistleblowers with information about corporate misconduct involving healthcare, government procurement, financial regulation, and tax may find that state proceedings offer them the best option. More than 30 states have False Claims Acts that...

December 17, 2020

Pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. agreed to pay $22 million, and specialty pharmacy Advanced Care Scripts agreed to pay $1.4 million, to resolve claims that they conspired to use two foundations, the Chronic Disease Fund and The Assistance Fund, as conduits to pay Medicare co-payments for patients taking Biogen’s MS drugs, Avonex and Tysabri, in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.  The government alleged that Biogen coordinated with ACS to time its payments to the foundations and direct its money to cover co-pay costs for patients using its drugs.  DOJ; USAO MA

November 2, 2020

Hospital system Memorial Health Services will pay a total of $31.5 million after self-disclosing that it overcharged California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, for outpatient prescription drug reimbursements under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.  Memorial Health billed Medi-Cal for outpatient drugs at its usual and customary rate, rather than the lower “actual acquisition costs,” as required under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. California will receive $18.9 million of the settlement, and the federal government will receive $12.6 million.  Cal; CD Cal

July 31, 2020

Canadian company Bausch Health, formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals, will pay a $45 million penalty to resolve charges that its executives engaged in improper revenue recognition and misleading disclosures in SEC filings and earnings presentations between 2014 and 2015.  The company was alleged to have recorded false sales of products to specialty pharmacy Philidor Rx Services and its affiliates, which were controlled by Valeant.  In addition, Valeant allegedly misrepresented the source and materiality of revenue it received following a 500% increase in the price of its diabetes drug Glumetza.  Former CEO J. Michael Pearson will pay a civil penalty of $250,000; former CFO Howard B. Schiller will pay a civil penalty of $100,000; former controller Tanya Carro will pay a civil penalty of $75,000.  The individuals also agreed to return specified portions of their incentive compensation to the company.  SEC

July 1, 2020

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation will pay $51.25 million to resolve claims that it unlawfully funneled money to three different foundations – The Assistance Fund, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and the Chronic Disease Fund – so that those organizations could fund co-payments owed by Medicare beneficiary patients prescribed the Novartis drugs Gilenya (for multiple sclerosis) and Afinitor (for renal cell carcinoma and certain pancreatic cancers).  The payments were alleged to be in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.  USAO Mass; DOJ

Regeneron: The Government’s Latest Stand against Patient Kickbacks

Posted  06/25/20
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This week, Boston-based prosecutors have filed a new False Claims Act case against Regeneron, a pharmaceutical company, alleging that it paid patients kickbacks aiming to steer them into using Regeneron’s macular degeneration drug, Eylea. Regeneron allegedly disguised the kickbacks as charitable contributions to a foundation. Prosecutors say that Regeneron only donated exactly enough money to the foundation, called...

April 6, 2020

Georgia-based MiMedx Group Inc. has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle allegations of defrauding the Department of Veterans’ Affairs by knowingly submitting false commercial pricing disclosures, in violation of the False Claims Act.  According to a qui tam complaint by whistleblowers Jess Kruchoski and Luke Tornquist, the false pricing disclosures enabled MiMedx to charge inflated prices for human tissue graft products.  Kruchoski and Tornquist will receive a relator’s share of $1,625,000.  DOJ; USAO MN

The Missing Ventilator Stockpile Was Not Inevitable

Posted  04/3/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
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The coronavirus crisis has been a crash course for the general public in how lifesaving ventilators work.  But the federal government has long known how crucial they are and how important it is to be able to stockpile sufficient numbers.  Five years ago, the government tried to plan ahead by commissioning the design and production of a low-cost ventilator to build up public and private stores in case an...

Medicaid Drug Rebate Fraud: Should it be an Enforcement Priority?

Posted  03/10/20
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Medicaid has one very intuitive approach to keeping drug prices in check. Drug companies, under a law called the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, must rebate Medicaid programs any money that resulted from the increased drug prices outpacing inflation. Inflation is benchmarked to either 1990, or the first year a drug came to market, which ever is later. As an example of how this works, imagine a pharmaceutical company...
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