Matthew Worley, Esq.
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to the federal government and 45 states in one of the largest health care fraud settlements in history.
The payment is made to settle criminal fines and civil suits alleging the entities offered kickbacks to doctors and pharmacies to promote certain drugs for uses not approved by the FDA – a practice prohibited under U.S. law.
Allegedly, the health care giant promoted the use of schizophrenia drugs for use in elderly dementia patients and for children with AD/HD, autism, and other disorders. These drugs were not approved for these uses, making it illegal for the manufacturer of the drug to market them.
Michigan’s share of the settlement, which is approximately $42 million, will primarily go to the state’s Medicaid program which initially paid for most of these prescriptions. According to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, this major settlement makes a statement that the hardworking taxpayers of Michigan deserve better than to be duped into paying more than they should have.
Under a “Corporate Integrity Agreement,” the federal government will be closely monitoring the company’s marketing practices going forward.
If you have questions about health care fraud, or are afraid that you may have been the victim of a fraud, contact the experienced attorneys at Fausone Bohn, LLP, by calling (248) 380-0000 or online at www.MichiganFraudLawyer.com.
To read the original article detailing this health care fraud settlement, visit: http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/michigan_johnson_johnson_drug.html