Allergan Settles Whistle-Blower Lawsuit
Allergan settled a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by two Philadelphia-area ophthalmologists who alleged the company provided paid speaking engagements, free business consulting, and other services as an inducement for physicians to prescribe its expensive eye-care medications, according to an article posted on Philly.com.
The suit was brought by Herbert J. Nevyas and Anita Nevyas-Wallace, a father and daughter team of ophthalmologists based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. They alleged that Allergan offered services ranging from practice-group management advice, human-resources assistance, and continuing education in a kickback scheme aimed at stimulating sales of eye-care drugs Restasis and Acular LS, among others.
Allergan agreed to pay $13 million to settle the case, and the funds will be shared by Nevyas and Nevyas-Wallace, the federal government, and 19 states involved in the action. Under federal law, Nevyas and his daughter may claim up to 30 percent of the settlement amount.
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