Pfizer To Pay $785M To Settle FCA Claims Over Protonix

Law360, New York (February 16, 2016, 9:32 AM EST) -- Pfizer said Tuesday that it expects to pay $785 million to settle False Claims Act suits alleging its Wyeth unit overcharged Medicaid for heartburn drug Protonix, bringing a momentous end to whistleblower litigation over the program’s discount requirements.

The cases against Wyeth center on discounts it offered to hospitals for Protonix. The DOJ claimed the Pfizer unit violated Medicaid's "best price" provision by not offering the program those same discounts. (Credit: AP) New York-based Pfizer said it reached an “agreement in principle” to make the nine-figure payout in exchange for dismissal of two whistleblower suits that the U.S. Department of Justice...

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