Allergan settles whistle-blower lawsuit for $13 Million
Pharmaceutical maker Allergan PLC has settled a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by two Philadelphia-area ophthalmologists who alleged the company provided paid speaking engagements, free business consulting, and other services as an inducement for physicians to prescribe its expensive eye-care medications.
The suit was brought by Herbert J. Nevyas and Anita Nevyas-Wallace, a father and daughter team of ophthalmologists based in Bala Cynwyd. They alleged that Allergan offered services ranging from practice-group management advice, human-resources assistance, and continuing education in a kickback scheme aimed at stimulating sales of eye-care drugs Restasis and Acular LS, among others.
Allergan agreed to pay $13 million to settle the case, and the funds will be shared by Nevyas and Nevyas-Wallace, the federal government, and 19 states involved in the action. Under federal law, Nevyas and his daughter may claim up to 30 percent of the settlement amount.
Marc Raspanti, the physicians’ lawyer and a partner at the Center City firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, said they had “the integrity and courage to come forward. Their efforts saved American taxpayers many millions of dollars.”
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