DC Circ. Orders HHS To Justify 12-Year Ban Of Purdue Execs

Law360, New York (July 27, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must justify its decision to ban three former Purdue Frederick Co. executives from federal heath programs for 12 years after they pled guilty to misdemeanors relating to the company’s misbranding of blockbuster painkiller OxyContin, the D.C. Circuit said Friday.

The three-judge panel reversed a decision by District of Columbia District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle upholding HHS' internal decision to ban former Purdue President Michael Friedman, former Chief Legal Officer Howard Udell and former Chief Medical Officer Paul D....
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