Avanir To Pay $108M Over Nuedexta Drug Kickback Scheme

By Hailey Konnath (September 26, 2019, 9:26 PM EDT) -- Drugmaker Avanir Pharmaceuticals has agreed to shell out more than $108 million in criminal penalties, forfeiture and civil damages for an alleged kickback scheme that involved the company paying physicians to prescribe its drug Nuedexta, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Two physicians and two former Avanir Pharmaceuticals sales representatives have been indicted in an alleged kickback scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice said. (AP) On top of the kickbacks, the company also used false and misleading advertising to coerce long-term care facilities to use the drug to treat conditions that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and...

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