A pharmaceutical company is paying nearly two million dollars to the state of Illinois as part of a settlement. Amgen Incorporated attempted to defraud the state's Medicaid program when it submitted false claims and offered kickbacks for doctors who prescribed certain meds.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the company created significant risks for vulnerable patients by pushing the medications, some of which were not FDA approved. Under the settlement, Amgen will pay 612-million in civil damages and penalties to compensate Medicaid, Medicare, and various federal health care programs for harm suffered as a result of its conduct.
(posted 6:32 p.m. 12/19/2012 by Alex Degman)