Pharmaceutical manufacturer Alpharma, Inc. has agreed to pay $42.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations in connection with the marketing of the morphine-based drug, Kadian, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday, March 16, 2010. The settlement resolves allegations that, between January 1, 2000 and December 29, 2008, Alpharma paid health care providers to induce them to promote or prescribe Kadian, and made misrepresentations about the safety and efficacy of the drug, which is used to treat chronic moderate to severe pain. Alpharma is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bristol, Tennessee-based King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Under this agreement, the proceeds from the settlement will be split between the federal government and various states. The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, according to a DOJ press release.
For the full press release, go to: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/March/10-civ-269.html. For more information about qui tam law and health care fraud, contact Nolan and Auerbach, PA.