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February 13, 2015

Posted  January 25, 2016

Illinois physician Dr. Michael J. Reinstein pleaded guilty to the crime of receiving illegal kickbacks and benefits totaling nearly $600,000 from pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and its subsidiary IVAX LLC in exchange for regularly prescribing the anti-psychotic drug clozapine to his patients.  Reinstein also agreed to pay $3.79M to settle a parallel civil lawsuit alleging he violated the False Claims Act for causing the submission of false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for the clozapine he prescribed for thousands of elderly and indigent patients in at least 30 Chicago-area nursing homes and other facilities.  In March 2014, Teva Pharmaceuticals and IVAX paid $27.6M million for their role in the kickback scheme. DOJ

Tagged in: Anti-Kickback and Stark, FCA Federal, Lack of Medical Necessity, Pharma Fraud, Provider Fraud,