Fla. AG Bondi announces $12 million settlement over kick-backs

Pam Bondi Attorney General FLFlorida 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.

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  • Mary

    Bondi is doing a great job !! Keep up the good work !!

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    I think companies that break the law should be treated like people who break the law. You can't put the company in jail, of course, but you can take away its charter to do business. There are numerous examples of companies that have defrauded the government, and in turn the taxpayer, then only get a slap on the wrist in a fine. Most of these cases also allow the company to get away without even admitting guilt. A good recent example is the mortgage banks that illegally foreclosed on distressed homeowners. Sure, the foreclosed homeowners will get a few bucks, but their homes are gone and their credit is shot. It is, in effect, financial murder. The banks just pay the fine and walk away. Countrywide financial is another example. Don't get me started on that one. Look at Gov. Scott's legal agreement with the Justice Department over his relationship with Columbia Health Care. He just walks away, insisting, as CEO, he knew nothing. This situation with this drug company is just another example of the above. If someone goes to jail, (CEO,COO,CFO), maybe these people would do their jobs right. Just saying…

  • Micheal Hogue

    If more CEO's went to jail for fraud, we might be able to put a stop to this type of fraud.

    While I congratulate the AG for her work in this effort to curb the abuse, $46k, who are we we kidding? Victory Pharma Inc, made way more in profit on this fraud than the $12M they paid the 44 state AG's that sued them.

    When we get serious on corporate fraud?

  • http://facebook Mary Liz Danuser

    I agree 100%.Heard her often on television&love to have her represent me on a case.LIz