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January 11, 2017

Posted  January 17, 2017

Ireland-based Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC and certain subsidiaries agreed to pay $350 million to settle charges that Shire and the company it acquired in 2011, Advanced BioHealing violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by using kickbacks and other unlawful methods to induce clinics and physicians to use or overuse their “Dermagraft” skin product. It is the largest False Claims Act recovery in a kickback case involving a medical device, and resolves claims brought by the federal government along with 37 states and the District of Columbia. The States will receive $6,104,000 for the State share of the Medicaid program. According to the government, Dermagraft salespersons unlawfully induced clinics and physicians with lavish dinners, drinks, entertainment and travel; medical equipment and supplies; unwarranted payments for purported speaking engagements and bogus case studies; and cash, credits and rebates. The allegations originated in six lawsuits filed brought by whistleblowers in, or transferred to, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Two of the qui tam actions named New York and other states and included allegations that Shire submitted or caused to be submitted false claims to the Medicaid program under federal and state False Claims Acts. The whistleblowers will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government recovery. Whistleblower Insider, NY, FL

Tagged in: Anti-Kickback and Stark, FCA Federal, FCA State, Healthcare Fraud, Medical Devices and DME, Multiple Whistleblowers and First-to-File, Pharma Fraud, Whistleblower Case, Whistleblower Rewards,