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U.S. Joins False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Georgia Medical Center And Physician

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims for medically substandard and unnecessary services to Medicare and Medicaid, the Justice Department...

Synthes, Norian Plead Guilty, Will Pay $23.3M For Illegal Bone Cement Study

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) Synthes Inc. and subsidiary Norian Corp. have agreed to plead guilty to federal felony and misdemeanor counts of conducting illegal clinical studies of bone cement and will pay $23.3 million in fines, forfeiture and a civil settlement, the U.S. Attorney's Office for...

Kos Pharmaceuticals Pays $41M For Kickbacks, Off-Label Promotion Of Cholesterol Drugs

BATON ROUGE, La. - (Mealey's) The Kos Pharmaceuticals subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories Inc. on Dec. 7 entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and agreed to pay a total of $41 million in criminal penalties and False Claims Act settlement for paying kickbacks to two Louisiana physicians to prescribe...

2 Drug Makers To Pay $214.5 Million For Off-Label Marketing Of Zonegran

BOSTON - (Mealey's) Drug maker Elan Corp. PLC on Dec. 15 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor branding for the off-label marketing of the epilepsy drug Zonegran and will pay more than $203.5 million in criminal and civil penalties ( United States of America v. Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , No. 10-10431,...

U.S. Sues Boston Scientific Over Guidant Heart Devices

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) The U.S. government sued Boston Scientific Corp. on Thursday, alleging its Guidant unit knew some of its implantable heart devices were defective but continued to sell them anyway, putting patients' lives at risk. In a complaint filed in federal court in Minnesota, the government...

And The Beat Goes On. . . Medicaid Fraud Suits Continue Churning and Returning Taxpayer Money Paid To Medical Providers

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, the news cycle is heating up with discussions about federal and state budget deficits and funding for Medicare/Medicaid programs. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are lining up and getting ready to pitch their proposals to the public...

Foley & Lardner LLP: 8th Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower's Suit Finding Facts Were Already Publicly Disclosed

By Jacqueline N. Acosta In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for harmful off-label uses. United States ex rel. Paulos...