Novartis Gets FCA Kickback Suit Pared Down

Law360, Washington (June 11, 2014, 2:50 PM ET) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday pared down a whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and several specialty pharmacies over an alleged kickback scheme to push Novartis drugs, saying several of the allegations were "vague and unhelpful."

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon tossed out relator David M. Kester's claims that Novartis, Accredo Health Group Inc., Curascript Inc. and CVS Caremark Corp. participated in a scheme to push Novartis' leukemia drugs Gleevec and Tasigna and as well as the cystic fibrosis drug Tobi...
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