U.S. FDA and European Medicines Agency Reassessing Similar Testosterone Therapy Products
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Linh Vuong

On January 8, 2014, Bloomberg News reported that a lawsuit filed on behalf of the government under the False Claims Act and various state false claims acts against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and BioScrip, Inc. has been unsealed. The lawsuit, originally brought by a whistleblower, alleges that Novartis provided BioScrip kickbacks in exchange for BioScrip to convince Exjade patients to continue their refills. The lawsuit alleges that as a result of this illegal kickback scheme, Novartis and BioScrip defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of tens of millions of dollars in reimbursements. More »

Whistleblower Lawsuit - CareFusion Settles Claims of Kickbacks and Off-Label Marketing for $40.1 Million

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that CareFusion Corp. has agreed to pay $40.1 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act. The government had sued the California medical device company for allegedly paying illegal kickbacks and improperly marketing its products for uses not approved by the FDA (off-label marketing). CareFusion manufactures and sells pharmaceutical products such as ChloraPrep. More »

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Linh Vuong

According to The Wall Street Journal, Rural/Metro Corporation, a private ambulance company, agreed to pay the federal government over $2.8 million to settle civil claims that it fraudulently billed Medicare. The government alleged that from 2007 through 2011, Rural/Metro billed Medicare for emergency patient transportation trips even though the calls were not emergencies. By categorizing the trips as emergencies, the company was able to bill Medicare for substantially higher payments. Rural/Metro provides transportation services through its subsidiaries in twenty-one states. More »

Medicare Fraud and False Claims Whistleblower Lawsuit against Ensign Group Settled for $48 Million

On November 19, 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported that Ensign Group Inc. will pay $48 million to resolve lawsuit claims that it billed Medicare for unnecessary procedures performed on its patients. Ensign Group is a company in Mission Viejo, California that operates nursing homes in a number of states, primarily in the western United States. According to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) press release, the nursing facilities involved in the scheme were Atlantic Memorial Healthcare Center, Panorama Gardens, Orchard Post-Acute Care, Sea Cliff Healthcare Center, Southland, and Victoria Care Center, all located in California. More »