Biogen Agrees To One Of Largest FCA Settlements Without DOJ Intervention
Company to pay $900m to resolve claims it paid kickbacks to physicians to induce them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs. Whistleblower sought damages based on the number of prescriptions written after a healthcare provider received a kickback from Biogen.
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