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December 15, 2016

Posted  December 27, 2016

New York City-based Forest Laboratories LLC and its subsidiary Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe the drugs Bystolic, Savella and Namenda.  According to the government, Forest provided payments and meals to certain physicians in connection with speaker programs about the drugs as improper inducements to prescribe them.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Forest employee Kurt Kroening under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  He will receive a whistleblower award of approximately $7.8 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  Whistleblower Insider

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