Medtronic Accused Of Off-Label Marketing Kickbacks Scheme

Law360, New York (May 11, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT) -- A whistleblower lawsuit unsealed in Mississippi federal court Friday alleges Medtronic Inc. and affiliated doctors violated the False Claims Act through a kickback scheme promoting off-label use of Medtronic's Infuse bone graft product and Pyramid spine plate system.

The suit, unsealed after federal prosecutors declined to intervene, alleges Medtronic's claims to federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid were fraudulent because the company falsely said it didn't violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. According to the complaint, Medtronic secretly paid doctors to promote its products to patients...
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