Judge Pares Solvay Drug Marketing Scheme Suit

Law360, New York (October 13, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday substantially trimmed an employee whistleblower suit that claims units of Solvay SA and Abbott Laboratories defrauded federal and state government health care programs by bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs Luvox, Aceon and AndroGel and promote their off-label uses.

In a 138-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller of the Southern District of Texas dismissed federal False Act Claim violation claims alleging Solvay America Inc. and Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. — which Abbott bought in 2009 for $6.6 billion — offered kickbacks to doctors who prescribed the drugs, manipulated Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care...

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