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Ameritox Files Amended Complaint Against Millennium Laboratories For Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief and Damages
Date:4/20/2012

BALTIMORE, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritox, the national leader in pain medication monitoring, today announced that it filed an amended complaint against San Diego-based Millennium Laboratories seeking damages, injunctive and other relief for false advertising, unfair competition, and unfair trade practices.  The Ameritox filing alleges that numerous Millennium Laboratories' business practices have resulted in violations of the Lanham Act, unfair competition in accordance with the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, California Business and Professions Code, New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act and national laws relating to unfair competition.

"It is tremendously harmful to physicians, their patients and the industry when a laboratory's business model, as alleged in this case against Millennium Laboratories, effectively flies in the face of ethical and legal business conduct and the healthcare provider's decision-making process," said Dr. Harry Leider, Chief Medical Officer at Ameritox. "These practices of providing financial incentives that mislead health professionals into believing that it is lawful for them to accept illegal inducements are a disservice to the public and the industry.  All companies must be held to the same high standards in providing patient-care services."

Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and numerous state anti-kickback statutes, including those of Arizona, Florida, California, New Hampshire and Texas, prohibit companies from providing financial inducements to health providers in order to induce the referral of business. These laws prohibit direct payments to physicians as an inducement for the referral of business, and prohibit other forms of kickbacks, such as the provision of equipment, supplies, tests, services, and other benefits to the health care provider at no cost or at below fair market value, as alleged against Millennium Laboratories. 

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