Sanofi-Aventis Units Look To Toss False Claims Suit

Law360, New York (March 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EST) -- Two Sanofi-Aventis SA divisions have asked a federal court to toss a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit that alleges the companies' drug representatives provided illegal kickbacks to doctors for prescribing cancer symptom treatment, heart attack prevention and blood pressure drugs.

In a motion to dismiss filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi Synthelabo Inc. said whistleblower Joseph Piacentile did not specify instances of the companies' alleged kickbacks or of false billing by doctors for the...
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