In the largest recovery in a case concerning an opioid drug, global consumer goods conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to resolve its alleged liability in the marketing of the opioid treatment drug Suboxone. The Department of Justice alleges that Reckitt mislead health-care providers to believe that Suboxone is safer and less susceptible to abuse even though Suboxone’s active ingredient is a highly addictive opioid. The settlement resolves claims brought forward by six lawsuits under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act. To read the full story from the Wall Street Journal, click here.
Rural Metro of Southern Ohio, a medical transportation company, resolved allegations it violated the False Claims Act for $275,000. Rural Metro allegedly violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare for ambulance transports that were not medically necessary. To read the full DOJ press release, click here.
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