February 4, 2019
Compounding pharmacy Pentec Health, Inc.
, which sells a drug Proplete for nutrition support for patients with end stage renal disease, has agreed to pay $17 million
to settle claims under the False Claims Act. Pentec was alleged to bill federal healthcare programs for product wasted during the compounding of Proplete, and for Proplete that was not medically necessary or was not actually received by patients, routinely waiving patient copays and deductibles to induce the prescription of the drug. Pentec also entered into a corporate integrity agreement and will be excluded from participation on federal healthcare programs. The case was initiated by whistleblower Jean Brasher
, a former employee of Pentec, who will receive an undisclosed share of the settlement. USAO EDPA