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Settlements over drug fraud complaints exceed $6 billion in 2012

Posted by Sarah Showard | Oct 09, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Drug manufacturers have paid $6.6 billion so far this year – double from 2011 – to settle claims that they defrauded U.S. health programs, such as overbilling Medicare and pressuring physicians to prescribe medication in unapproved situations, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen. GlaxoSmithKline alone accounted for a record $3 billion settlement over complaints it marketed the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for uses unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and failed to report clinical data on Avandia, a diabetes drug.

In recent years, there has been such a push from the federal government to settle health-fraud cases that investors are now building budgets to accommodate anticipated fines, Public Citizen said.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Womens Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorne...

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