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Aventis Pays More Than $190 Million to Settle Drug Pricing Fraud Matters
Date:9/10/2007

al. "One of OIG's top priorities is to root out pharmaceutical fraud and hold companies liable for their actions."

"One of the essential elements in administering federal health programs is the need to protect taxpayers and the millions of elderly and low-income Americans who depend on these programs," said Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. "This settlement reinforces our commitment to protect the integrity of Medicare and Medicaid."

Of the more than $190 million settlement, the federal recovery is $179,787,726, and the states' and District of Columbia's recovery for their share of Medicaid is $10,645,600.

The investigation was conducted by the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Southern District of Florida and the District of Massachusetts, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Program Integrity of TRICARE Management Activity, and the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

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