Purdue Execs Can't Shake Ban From Federal Funds

Law360, New York (December 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EST) -- A federal judge has barred three former Purdue Frederick Co. executives who admitted to misbranding the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin from participating in federally funded health care programs for 12 years, upholding a decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In a ruling Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle decided the Purdue executives couldn't escape the penalty by downplaying their role in the misbranding offense as mere corporate officers.

The ruling granted summary judgment to...
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