Abbott Laboratories will pay $160 million to resolve claims that two of the company’s units submitted false claims to Medicare by providing kickbacks to diabetes patients, including “free” or “no cost” glucose monitors, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
DaVita and the dialysis provider’s former CEO Kent Thiry were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on charges they conspired with competitors not to hire each other’s key employees, the U.S. Justice Department said on July 15.
St. Jude Medical, which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2017, agreed to pay $27 million to settle allegations the company knowingly sold defective heart devices, the U.S. Justice Department said on July 8.
The U.S. Justice Department signaled support for legislation to extend by seven months a ban on illegal copycat versions of fentanyl, the powerful synthetic painkiller that has helped fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic.
The U.S. Justice Department sued Walmart Inc., accusing the world’s largest retailer of fueling the opioid crisis in the United States, ignoring warning signs from the company’s pharmacists and filling thousands of invalid prescriptions.
Biogen Inc. agreed to pay $22 million to resolve U.S. allegations that the company illegally used two charities that help cover Medicare patients’ out-of-pocket drug costs as a means to pay them kickbacks to use the Cambridge, Mass-based drugmaker’s multiple sclerosis medicines.
Purdue Pharma LP pleaded guilty to criminal charges over the handling of the company’s addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, capping a deal with federal prosecutors to resolve an investigation into the drugmaker’s role in the U.S. opioid crisis.
A settlement valued at $8.34 billion was reached between Purdue Pharmaand the Justice Department, which required the drug company to plead guilty to three felonies related to its marketing and distribution of OxyContin, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Walmart Inc. filed a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking clarity on the roles and legal responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacies in filling opioid prescriptions.
The U.S. Justice Department charged Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. with conspiring with competitors to raise prices for generic drugs.