DOJ Asked For More Details In Novartis Kickback Suit

Law360, New York (July 18, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday said the federal government's False Claims Act suit alleging Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. defrauded federal health care programs by paying kickbacks to doctors is too vague, and gave prosecutors 30 days to amend the complaint.

U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe voiced concern that the complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice didn’t adequately allege how Novartis-sponsored events — at which the drugmaker purportedly paid doctors to speak about certain Novartis drugs — resulted in false claims to federal...
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