McKesson To Pay $18M To End CDC Drug Shipment Claims

By Michael Lipkin (August 8, 2014, 7:56 PM EDT) -- Pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Corp. will pay $18 million to settle whistleblower claims that it improperly set temperature monitors outside contractual limits when shipping vaccines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

San Francisco-based McKesson signed a contract with the CDC in 2007 requiring it to set electronic devices in shipping containers to detect whether temperatures strayed outside a slim range just above freezing. The False Claims Act suit, filed by a former financial director, alleged the company instead set the monitors for a much wider range that would have allowed vaccines to freeze...

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