Medical device maker Biotronik Inc. agreed to pay $4.9M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce physicians to use its products. Specifically, the government charged that Biotronik induced electrophysiologists and cardiologists practicing in Nevada and Arizona to use Biotronik pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices by paying them in the form of repeated meals at expensive restaurants and inflated payments for membership on a physician advisory board. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Biotronik employee, Brian Sant, under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Sant will receive a whistleblower award of $840,000. DOJ
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