3 False Claims Act Takeaways From Purdue's Opioid Deal

Law360 (October 21, 2020, 10:46 PM EDT) -- Purdue Pharma LP's agreement to pay $8 billion and plead guilty to its role in America's opioid crisis may contain the largest settlement yet under the False Claims Act, but whether the federal government can fully collect it is uncertain.

The blockbuster deal with the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday includes $3 billion in civil FCA settlements for marketing and selling opioids purchased by Medicare and other federal health care programs.

That amount eclipses the $2 billion FCA component of a 2012 deal with GlaxoSmithKline LLC over the marketing of the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin. The DOJ touted the GSK deal...

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