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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...

Obama Administration Asks Judge To Clarify Health Ruling

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) The Justice Department asked a federal judge in Florida on Thursday to tell states that they must continue to enact the Obama administration's health care overhaul despite the judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. In a motion to clarify, administration attorneys...

Federal Court Tosses New Hampshire Man's Health Overhaul Lawsuit

CONCORD, N.H. - (AP) A federal court has thrown out a New Hampshire man's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's health care overhaul, saying he lacked standing to sue because his Medicare coverage will automatically satisfy the law's insurance mandate. Harold Peterson...