5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a pharmaceutical company settling a kickback case for $350 million to a Pennsylvania hospital agreeing to pay $510,000 to settle drug diversion claims, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Physicians, healthcare executives charged in $33M 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 $350M
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 $100M fraud scheme
The owner of a St. George, Utah-based wholesale distributor of prescription medications pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to fraudulently distributing prescription drugs obtained on the black market.

5. Abington Hospital pays $510k to settle drug diversion allegations
Abington (Pa.) 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.

More articles on health law:

Cedars-Sinai sues HealthCare Partners over more than $6M in unpaid bills
West Virginia reaches $3.5M settlement with drug wholesaler
12 physicians, pharmacists indicted in $102M kickback scheme

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