November 3, 2009
Omnicare Inc, the largest U.S. provider of pharmacy services to nursing homes, will pay $98 million and Teva subsidiary IVAX Pharmaceuticals will pay $14 million to settle allegations of kickbacks, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.
The department said Omnicare both solicited and paid kickbacks.
Omnicare allegedly asked IVAX to pay $8 million in exchange for agreeing to purchase $50 million in IVAX drugs, the DOJ said.
It also accused Omnicare of soliciting kickbacks from Johnson & Johnson in exchange for recommending that physicians prescribe the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to nursing home patients.
“J&J’s kickbacks to Omnicare took multiple forms, including rebates that were conditioned on Omnicare engaging in an ‘Active Intervention Program’ for Risperdal and payments disguised as data purchase fees, educational grants, and fees to attend Omnicare meetings,” the Justice Department said.
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