14 recent legal actions involving pharma companies, executives

Below are 14 legal actions involving members of the drug supply chain, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last few months:

  1. Judge rejects pharmacies' suit against physicians; Ohio opioid trial stands
    A federal judge in Cleveland dismissed an attempt by several large retail pharmacy chains, including CVS and Walgreens, to shift blame for the opioid crisis to physicians.

  2. BCBS sues Walgreens, alleges 10+ years of overcharging for drugs
    A group of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in New York has sued Walgreens, alleging that the retail pharmacy giant has been overcharging for prescription drugs for more than a decade.

  3. Florida pharmacy owner guilty in $4.8M Tricare fraud scheme
    The owner of a pharmacy in Pensacola, Fla., was convicted of conspiring to fill illegitimate prescriptions and fraudulently billing Tricare for $4.8 million worth of prescription drugs.

  4. Mount Carmel to pay $477K after pharmacists cited in fatal patient overdoses
    Mount Carmel Health System will pay $477,000 in fines to settle a case accusing three pharmacists of failing to prevent fatal patient drug overdoses.

  5. Mallinckrodt sued, underpaid hundreds of millions in Medicaid rebates, US says
    The U.S. Justice Department is suing Mallinckrodt, alleging the drugmaker knowingly underpaid Medicaid hundreds of millions of dollars.

  6. Sandoz to pay $195M criminal penalty in price-fixing case
    Sandoz admitted to its role in a generic drug price-fixing scheme and agreed to pay a $195 million criminal penalty, the largest in a domestic antitrust case.

  7. Sanofi to pay $11.8M to settle Medicare kickback claims
    Sanofi has agreed to pay the U.S. $11.85 million to resolve claims it used a patient assistance charity to funnel illegal payments to patients to use its multiple sclerosis drug, Lemtrada.

  8. Cardinal to pay $8M to settle SEC claims linked to subsidiary in China
    Cardinal Health agreed to pay about $8 million to settle claims it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  9. LA pharmacy owners sentenced for $11.8M medicare fraud scheme
    Two pharmacy owners in Los Angeles were sentenced to 12 years each in prison for an $11.8 million Medicare fraud scheme.

  10. New Jersey pharmacy owner admits role in kickback scheme
    The former owner of a Union City, N.J., pharmacy pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to pay bribes to physicians and evade taxes on $33.9 million in income.

  11. McKesson, Cardinal, AmerisourceBergen offer legal fee settlement in opioid lawsuits
    McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen offered to pay more than $1 billion in legal fees to the states, cities and counties suing them over their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis.

  12. Former Georgia 'pill mill' physician gets 20 years in prison
    A former Savannah, Ga.-based physician was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for healthcare fraud and illegally dispensing massive amounts of drugs.

  13. Biotech CEO who faked paralysis, cure, gets 7 years for defrauding investors
    The former CEO of Boston drugmaker PixarBio was sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding the company's investors.

  14. Former Novartis exec pleads guilty to generic price-fixing
    A former senior executive at Novartis pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to fix generic drug prices.

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