Allergan To Pay $600M For Off-Label Marketing Of Botox

IRVINE, Calif. (Mealey's) - Allergan Inc. said Sept. 1 that it will plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge related to off-label marketing of Botox and will pay a total of $600 million to the federal government in criminal and civil penalties. In addition, Allergan said it will dismiss its...

Arkansas Plaintiffs Move To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Reform Act

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (Mealey's) Arkansas residents challenging the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) on Sept. 8 in Arkansas federal court moved to dismiss their class action complaint without prejudice ( Jeannie Burlsworth, et al. v. Eric Holder, in his official...

Heart Device Maker ELA Medical Pays $9.1M To Settle Kickback Allegations

MIAMI -- Heart device maker ELA Medical Inc. will pay $9,178,000 to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that it paid kickbacks through a distributor to doctors to induce them to use the company's products, according to a settlement filed Nov. 1 in a Florida federal court ( United States of...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Pennsylvania Federal Judge: Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Violates Constitution

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Sept. 13 held that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is an unconstitutional extension of authority granted to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause ( Barbara...

C.R. Bard Takes $51 Million Charge, Agrees To Settle Federal Civil, Criminal Probes

MURRAY HILL, N.J. - (Mealey's) C.R. Bard Inc. on Jan. 27 reported that it has taken a $51 million charge in connection with a preliminary agreement with the civil and criminal divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia to resolve an investigation into the medical...

U.S. Supreme Court OKs Attorney Fees In Untimely, Good Faith Vaccine Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A federal vaccine compensation petitioner who filed an untimely claim may qualify for attorney fees if her claim was filed in good faith and there was a reasonable basis for it, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 20 ( Kathleen Sebelius, et al. v. Melissa Cloer , No. 12...

FDA Lifts All Restrictions On Plan B One-Step Contraceptive, Will Drop Appeal

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - (Mealey's) The federal government on June 10 told a federal judge that it will make the one-pill Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive available without age or point-of-sale restrictions and intends to voluntarily withdraw its appeal of the judge's order requiring the lifting...