Some of the largest recoveries in whistleblower cases occur in False Claims Act actions against pharmaceutical companies and attorneys at Yoffy, Turbeville & Reichle, PLC have represented clients in several of these recoveries. Our attorneys represented clients among the 8 relators that recovered $2.1 billion for the government against Pfizer in 2009. We also represented a whistleblower in a recovery against Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC and Reckitt Benckiser LLC (collectively “Reckitt”) in 2019 wehrein the companies agreed to pay $1.4 billion to resolve allegations made by the United State DOJ, the FCC, and several whistleblower lawsuits that Reckitt defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other government funded healthcare programs in connection with its marketing. In addition, our attorneys represented a whistleblower against Indivior Inc., wherein in 2020 the company agreed to pay a total of $600 million to the government to resolve criminal and civil liability associated with the marketing of the opioid-addiction-treatment drug Suboxone.
If you have specific information about fraud in the pharmaceutical industry, the experienced whistleblower attorneys at the Yoffy, Turbeville & Reichle, PLC can help you pursue your whistleblower case. Call us today at (800) 898-5192 for your confidential consultation.
Common Examples of Pharmaceutical Fraud
There are several means by which drug companies can commit fraud and thereby violate the provisions of the False Claims Act, including the following:
- Illegal Marketing for Off-Label Use: Pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to market their drugs for uses that are not FDA-approved. When the companies violate this restriction and market directly to physicians or publish materials advertising drugs for off-label uses, government healthcare programs may end up being charged for drugs for unapproved uses.
- Failing to Manufacture Drugs That Meet Regulatory and Contractual Requirements: Adherence to Good Manufacturing Practice regulations put forth by the FDA ensures the quality and safety of manufactured drugs. Failure to adhere to these regulations can lead to an action under the False Claims Act.
- Providing Kickbacks to Doctors and Hospitals: Drug manufacturers are prohibited from providing cash, gifts, or other financial benefits to physicians or other healthcare providers in exchange for prescribing or promoting their products.
- Inflating Drug Prices: Drug companies are required to report quarterly their “best price,” meaning the lowest price available to purchase their products. This price must take into consideration any rebates or other discounts. This reported rate is used to calculate the Medicaid reimbursement rate, so if a pharmaceutical company falsely inflates their pricing, it is defrauding the government.
Blow the Whistle on Pharmaceutical Fraud
When you have evidence of fraudulent schemes like these, you can blow the whistle on pharmaceutical fraud and receive a monetary reward for your effort. Whistleblowers can receive up to 30% of the government recovery in a case.
Your whistleblower consultation is free and confidential. Call Yoffy, Turbeville & Reichle, PLC today at (800) 898-5192 to speak with an experienced pharmaceutical fraud attorney in our Anti Fraud Law Group. Based in Williamsburg VA, we represent clients throughout Virginia and the nation.
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