AstraZeneca Can't Shed FCA Suit Over Seroquel 'Scheme'

Law360, New York (April 18, 2017, 5:23 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Monday preserved a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing AstraZeneca PLC of concealing safety information about antipsychotic drug Seroquel, finding plausible allegations of a "complex fraudulent scheme."

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Frederic Block kept alive portions of a 313-page FCA suit filed by Allison Zayas, a onetime sales contractor for AstraZeneca. It marked the first written explanation of a decision delivered orally almost three weeks ago.

At issue are Seroquel prescriptions reimbursed by Medicare from 1997 to 2009. Zayas alleges that Seroquel may pose cardiac risks and that AstraZeneca misrepresented the dangers of...

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