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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is deeply committed to combating drug companies’ pervasive practice of disguising patient kickbacks as charity. Most recently, Boston-based prosecutors reached a $51 million settlement with Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, resolving allegations that Novartis coordinated with charitable foundations to steer Medicare patients to its drugs…
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Medicare patients were specifically excluded from the program. The U.S. Justice Department announced on Dec. 6 that Actelion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks by giving contributions to the Caring Voice Coalition, a charitable organization that then used the contributions to pay…