Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

October 15, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Florida Obtains More than $483,000 from Organon in National Settlement

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi, 49 other attorneys general and the federal government reached a $31 million settlement with Organon, a drug manufacturing company, to settle allegations that the company underpaid rebates to the Florida Medicaid program, offered improper financial incentives to nursing home pharmacy companies, promoted its antidepressants for unapproved uses and misrepresented its drug prices. Organon’s headquarters are in Oss, Netherlands, and the company’s assets are now owned by Merck. Florida’s net share of the total settlement amounts to more than $483,000.

The settlement resolves allegations that Organon:
The settlement resulted from two whistleblower lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Since January 2011, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has obtained more than $460 million in settlements, judgments and court orders.