|February 15, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi, 44 other attorneys general and the federal government reached a $12 million settlement with Victory Pharma, Inc., resolving allegations that VPI provided unlawful kick-backs to health care professionals to persuade them to prescribe their drugs. Florida will receive more than $46,000 as part of this settlement.
“It is unlawful for pharmaceutical companies to provide kick-backs to health care professionals for prescribing specific drugs, and we will not have our Medicaid program foot the bill for this illegal practice,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Between January 2007 and December 2009, VPI sales representatives allegedly persuaded health care professionals to prescribe Fexmid, Dolgic, Naprelan and Xodol to their patients by providing cash payments, meals, and tickets to sporting and other entertainment events.
The settlement is the result of a joint investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, the U.S. Department of Justice and other representatives from Medicaid Fraud Control Units across the nation.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is charged with investigating and litigating cases involving false claims for payments that are submitted to the Florida Medicaid Program.