New York City-based Forest Laboratories and its subsidiary Forest Pharmaceuticals have agreed to pay the U.S. government $38 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the companies engaged in illegal kickback schemes to coax doctors into prescribing their drugs. The lawsuit, filed by former Forest employee Kurt Kroening in federal court in Milwaukee, Wis., accused Forest of pushing its drugs Bystoic, Savella, and Namenda between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, by providing kickbacks to physicians in the form of payments and meals. Federal prosecutors investigated Mr. Kroening’s claims and chose to ... Read More
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