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With Biden Team Focused On Other Crises, Experts Say Drug Epidemic Is Exploding

“It’s a front-burner issue on any day of the week but not on this day… And that’s a real problem,” says firm Partner Reuben Guttman of the Biden administration’s current handle on the nations uncontrolled drug overdose rates. Read the full article, from NPR and WAMU 88.5, here: https://wamu.org/story/21/01/29/with-biden-team-focused-on-other-crises-experts-say-drug-epidemic-is-exploding/

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Insitu Inc. to Settle False Claims Allegations for $25 million

Washington State company Insitu Inc., an unmanned aerial vehicle contractor, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that it submitted false cost and pricing data for determination of contract value with the U.S. Special Operations Command and Navy. The lawsuit was built upon evidence that between 2009 and 2017 Insitu entered into multiple federal contracts that were based on pricing data for new parts and materials while the company fully intended to, and in fact did, purchase and use less expensive recycled or refurbished parts. The settlement was the result of a whistleblower complaint filed by a whistleblower and former executive of Insitu. The whistleblower will receive over $4.6 million from the recovery.

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Biogen Inc. and Advanced Care Scripts Inc. to Pay $23.4 Million in False Claims Settlement

One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Biogen, Inc., and a large specialty pharmacy, Advanced Care Scripts, Inc. (ACS), will pay a combined $23.4 million to settle allegations under the Federal False Claims Act that kickbacks were used to induce the sale of drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis. Biogen will pay $22 million and ACS will pay $1.4 million.

The settlement was reached in United States of America ex rel. Paul Nee v. Biogen, Inc., et. al., 17-CV-10192-MLW, pending in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint – filed by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act – alleged that Defendants profited from “engaging in a kickback scheme that uses it free drug program and so called financial assistance to charities as conduits to induce and steer” patients to the drugs Avonex and Tysabri, which are drugs reimbursed under the federal Medicare program….

Read the full press release here:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pharma-giant-and-speciality-pharmacy-settle-case-alleging-false-claims-violations-301195541.html?tc=eml_cleartime

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Home Healthcare Agency Settles Whistleblower Suit for $5.8m

Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. and former executives have agreed to pay $5.8 million to settle allegations that the home health agency engaged in a variety of conduct in violation of the False Claims Act, including providing illegal remunerations or bonuses for referring physicians. Doctor’s Choice, which provides medical services to Medicare patients in their homes, was also accused of pressuring clinicians to increase the number of visits to Medicare patients to avoid triggering protocols that reduce Medicare payments for low-visit patients. This settlement specifically contends that Doctor’s Choice acted in violation of both the Stark Law and the Anti-kickback Statute of the False Claims Act.

The suit was brought by four whistleblowers, all former employees of Doctor’s Choice.

Read the full press release here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/home-health-agency-and-former-owner-pay-58-million-settle-false-claims-act-allegations

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