Pharma company pays $3.5M to settle kickback claims

Almirall, formerly named Aqua Pharmaceuticals, agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it paid physicians kickbacks to boost prescriptions, the U.S. Justice Department announced May 29.

Prosecutors claimed Almirall's sales representatives funded improper meals, lavish trips, gift cards and other gifts for dermatology providers.

The drugmaker also allegedly hired providers to speak at events, serve on advisory boards and consult with other providers to entice dermatologists to prescribe its drugs.

The illegal conduct reportedly occurred between 2012 and 2017.

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