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NYC Doctors Received Kickbacks From Drug Company to Prescribe Opioids

Posted by Audrey Schechter | Mar 20, 2018 | 2 Comments

On March 16, 2018, a federal indictment was issued against 5 New York City doctors, who, between them, collected $800,000 in "speaking fees" from pharmaceuticul company Insys Therapeutics.  The prosecutors allege that the speaking engagments were really "booze-filled social gatherings."  In addition to the cash, the pharmaceutical company also paid for the doctors' meals, trips, Vegas weekends, and lap dances from strippers, to name a few of the "perks."  Though this was not a qui tam action, the conduct for which these doctors were indicted certainly falls within conduct prohibited under the anti-kickback provisions of the False Claims Act.  To read more about this matter, see the attached link.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-say-5-nyc-doctors-took-bribes-drug-maker-prescribe-n857476

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Audrey Schechter

Audrey Hildes Schechter is an experienced commercial and civil litigator, working in the areas of fraud, qui tam, healthcare fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Tricare fraud, appellate practice, health care law, and employment litigation. Audrey has practiced in Florida for 25 years and in New Y...

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Sharon Cohen Reply

Posted Mar 20, 2018 at 12:18:23

Thanks for teaching the public about anti-kickback provisions. An imp. article to share.

Audrey Schechter Reply

Posted Mar 21, 2018 at 05:50:40

Thanks for your input, Sharon. The breadth of these kickback cases never ceases to amaze me. Check out my website if you’d like more information.

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