AstraZeneca Escapes Medco FCA Kickbacks Suit

By David McAfee (January 25, 2013, 10:12 PM EST) -- Citing a lack of jurisdiction, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday dismissed AstraZeneca PLC from a False Claims Act whistleblower suit brought by a former Medco Health Solutions Inc. pharmacist who claims AstraZeneca gave Medco $60 million in kickbacks to increase the market share of ulcer drugs Prilosec and Nexium.

U.S. District Judge J. William Ditter Jr.'s order dismissing claims against AstraZeneca mirrors his October 2010 order clearing Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. of identical charges, finding in both cases that relator Karl Schumann lacked standing to bring the actions because all allegations had been publicly disclosed in other civil actions and in...

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