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April 4, 2019

Posted  April 4, 2019

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $13 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by providing funds to a purportedly independent patient assistance program for its drug Soliris in a form that created an improper kickback. Soliris, which, at list price and typical dosages, can cost as much as $500,000/year, was unaffordable to many patients.  While Alexion had a free drug program, it referred Medicare patients to a “Complement-Mediated Disease” fund for copayment assistance; Alexion then billed Medicare for the drugs.  Alexion was the sole donor to the fund, and assistance from the fund was contingent on the patient taking Soliris.   DOJ

Tagged in: Anti-Kickback and Stark, Drug and DME Pricing, FCA Federal, Pharma Fraud,