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Florida nets $8.5M in Medicaid settlement
Orlando Business Journal 2008 Dec 29
http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2008/12/29/daily10.html


Full text:

Florida will receive $8.5 million as part of a $375 million Medicaid settlement with Cephalon Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company, according to Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

The settlement, announced Dec. 29, resolves allegations of improper marketing for three of the company’s prescription drugs – Provigil, Gabitril and Actiq.

The settlement reimburses the federal government and participating states for money paid to Cephalon by the Medicaid program allegedly due to Cephalon’s off-label marketing campaign. While doctors are allowed to prescribe drugs for off-label uses, the law prohibits pharmaceutical manufacturers from marketing their products for such use.

Cephalon also entered into a corporate integrity agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, requiring strict scrutiny of its future marketing and sales practices.

In addition to the civil investigation and settlement, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania filed criminal charges against the company, alleging a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In a plea deal, Cephalon agreed to pay $50 million to resolve those charges.

The settlement resolves a number of state and federally filed whistleblower lawsuits. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed the agreement.

 

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