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Astellas, Amgen To Pay $125M To End Kickback Probe

Law360 (April 25, 2019, 1:21 PM EDT) -- Astellas Pharma US Inc. and Amgen Inc. will pay a combined $125 million to settle allegations that they used charities to subsidize Medicare co-pays for their own drugs in what amounted to illegal kickbacks, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts announced Thursday.

Astellas Pharma US and Amgen will cough up $100 million and $24.75 million, respectively, to settle claims that they paid illegal kickbacks through co-pay assistance foundations. (Getty)

The pharmaceutical companies are the seventh and eighth companies to resolve similar allegations in Massachusetts related to kickbacks to third-party foundations, known as patient co-pay assistance foundations, bringing the total...

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