Heart Pump Maker Pays $3.1M To Settle Kickback Charges

Law360, Boston (March 8, 2018, 6:23 PM EST) -- A Danvers, Massachusetts-based medical implant manufacturer has agreed to pay $3.1 million to resolve federal allegations claiming it promoted a line of heart pumps by doling out lavish free meals from Boston to Beverly Hills in violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. attorney said Thursday.

Federal prosecutors accused Abiomed Inc. of springing for doctors’ meals at high-end restaurants in order to persuade them to drop more than $20,000 on one of the company’s Impella line of heart pumps. Abiomed paid for doctors’ spouses, even...
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