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New Jersey’s False Claims Act Suit Against Sackler Family Highlights Growing Trend of State-Level Enforcement, Even at an Individual Level

This week, the state of New Jersey joined the long list of States to file suit against the principle members of the Sackler Family, owners of Purdue Pharma. While Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family may have become poster children for greed in the face of the opioid epidemic, leading many states to commence politically-popular legal proceedings, this case demonstrates a growing trend of state attorneys' general offices bringing independent...

Pharmacy Update: Prime Therapeutics’ Unlawful Termination of Dispensing Physician Practices

In January of 2018, Prime Therapeutics announced that it would no longer accept any new Dispensing Physician practices into its pharmacy networks. "Grandfathered" Dispensing Physician practices that were already in Prime’s networks would remain unaffected. However, earlier this year, Prime altered its position and in addition to preventing new Dispensing Physician practices from entering into its networks, Prime began terminating a number of existing Dispensing Physician practices without any stated...

CLIENT ALERT: Medical Directorships the Subject of Anti-Kickback Scrutiny

A basic principle of health care law is that medical decision-making must be based on the best interests of the patient and not the economic interests of the provider. This principle is reflected the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) - which makes it a federal crime to offer, give, solicit or accept remuneration in exchange for the referral of health care services - and underlines investigations and prosecutions based on the AKS...

Drug Wholesaler’s Criminal Prosecution Provides Case-Study for Compliance Do’s and Don’ts

Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) recently entered into a plea with the federal government in which it admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay $20 million in fines, receiving a prosecution deferral subject to a three-year monitoring period by an independent compliance official. Moreover, the government brought criminal charges against former CEO Laurence F. Doud III and William Pietruszewski, the former chief of compliance. Pietruszewski has reportedly entered a plea and is...
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