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Thu Sep 5, 2019, 04:06 AM

Drug Maker Mallinckrodt Agrees to Pay $15.4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations for

Drug Maker Mallinckrodt Agrees to Pay $15.4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations for "Wining and Dining" Doctors

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt ARD LLC (formerly known as Mallinckrodt ARD, Inc. and previously Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Questcor”)), has agreed to pay $15.4 million to resolve claims that Questcor paid illegal kickbacks to doctors from 2009 through 2013 in the form of lavish dinners and entertainment, to induce prescriptions of the company’s drug, H.P. Acthar Gel (“Acthar”) for the treatment of complications from multiple sclerosis.

The Federal Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits a pharmaceutical company from offering or paying, directly or indirectly, any remuneration—which includes money or any other thing of value—with the intent to induce a health care provider to prescribe a drug reimbursed by Medicare. This prohibition extends to such practices as “wining and dining” doctors to induce them to write Medicare prescriptions of a company’s products.

The government alleges that, from 2009 to 2013, twelve Questcor sales representatives marketing Acthar provided illegal remuneration to health care providers in the form of lavish meals and entertainment expenses. The company paid this remuneration, the government alleges, with the intent to induce Acthar Medicare referrals from those health care providers, resulting in a violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the submission of false claims to Medicare.

“Federal law protects patients from medical providers who write prescriptions so they can enrich themselves and from drug companies who do not play by the rules in their marketing and promotional efforts,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Kickback schemes are a form of illegal pay-to-play business practices that have no place in our health care system; they interfere with physician-patient relationships and drive up the cost of health care.”

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edpa/pr/drug-maker-mallinckrodt-agrees-pay-154-million-resolve-false-claims-act-allegations

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