January Healthcare Industry Lawsuits and Settlements

Stay up-to-date with the latest litigation in the healthcare industry.

Whether it’s a pharmaceutical company settling a kickback case for $350 million or a Pennsylvania hospital agreeing to pay $510,000 to settle allegations of drug diversion, explore the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements garnering national attention.

1. Physicians, healthcare executives charged in $33 million fraud scheme
Three physicians and three healthcare executives were charged with participating in a $33 million healthcare fraud scheme in New York City.

2. Epic, plaintiffs allegedly reach settlement in overtime pay suit, but judge requests more information
According to the Madison State Journal, a settlement has “apparently been reached” in a pending class-action lawsuit against Epic regarding overtime pay. However, a judge has requested more information before formally closing the case.

3. Shire Pharmaceuticals settles landmark kickback case for $350 million
Shire Pharmaceuticals, a multinational pharmaceutical company with its U.S. headquarters in Lexington, Mass., agreed to pay $350 million to settle federal and state False Claims Act allegations.

4. Owner of pharmaceutical distributor pleads guilty in $100 million fraud scheme
The owner of a St. George, Utah wholesale distributor of prescription medications pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to fraudulently distributing prescription drugs obtained on the black market.

5. Abington Hospital pays $510,000 to settle drug diversion allegations
Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health will pay the United States $510,000 to resolve allegations that shortfalls in its internal controls allowed one of the hospital’s pharmacists to divert more than 35,000 pills from Feb. 1, 2010, to Aug. 20, 2013.

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