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Novartis must face kickback allegations in court

The US government has accused Novartis of paying doctors millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of a “company-wide kickback scheme.”

The Swiss multinational must fight the allegations in court after District Judge Paul Gardephe ruled that the company has to face a trial.

The US Judge also rejected the Swiss firm’s bid to keep key government evidence out of the case while ruling that the government does not have to prove a direct ‘quid pro quo’ agreement between Novartis and doctors, in order for the company to be liable.

US DoJ launch investigation into Acadia Pharmaceuticals

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The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the sales and marketing practices of San Diego firm Acadia Pharmaceuticals in relation to Nuplazid, a psychosis drug for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Nuplazid, an antipsychotic for those suffering from hallucinations and delusions with Parkinson’s, received FDA approval in 2016.

Novartis admits employees gave kickbacks to doctors in South Korea

Novartis has confirmed that six employees in South Korea gave kickbacks to doctors, as the current and former employees face indictment from the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office.

It may go beyond the punishment of half a dozen employees for the Swiss drugmaker, however, as it also confirmed that South Korean prosecutors have asked the government to suspend Novartis’s operations in the country.

Daiichi-Sankyo pays $39m to settle allegations

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Daiichi-Sankyo will pay the US government and state Medicaid programmes $39 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce doctors to prescribe its drugs.

The decision concerns the US subsidiary of the Japanese pharma giant’s offerings Azor, Benicar, Tribenzor and Welchol – The US Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed on Friday.

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