Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that a $12 million settlement has been reached with Victory Pharma Inc. Bondi, along with 44 other attorneys general and the federal government, investigated allegations that the company provided unlawful kick-backs to health care professionals to persuade them to prescribe its drugs. Florida will receive more than $46,000 as part of the settlement.
Bondi’s office released the following statement:
“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.