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Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Agrees to $75 Million Settlement for Topamax(R) False Claims Lawsuit
Date:4/29/2010

ax® to be submitted to, or caused purchase by, Medicaid, the TRICARE Program (formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services), the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program ("FEHBP"), and the Department of Veterans Affairs ("DVA")". OMJPI neither admitted nor denied liability, but OMJPI agreed to enter into a plea agreement with the government and has agreed to plead guilty to specific conduct described in the plea agreement to be filed in US v Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, LLC, a criminal action in the District of Massachusetts.

Commenting on the settlement, Haron said, "We feel this is a fair settlement and thank Angela and Anastasia for identifying the fraudulent activity, bringing it to our attention and allowing us to work with them to stop it. My co-lead counsel, Monica Navarro, and our Associate, Maro Bush, would like to thank Colin M. Huntley, Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, US Department of Justice and Zachary A. Cunha, Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts for bringing this nearly decade-long litigation to a successful conclusion."

"The government's annual healthcare expenses total nearly $1 trillion. It is estimated that nearly $100 billion of that money is lost each year to fraud, waste and abuse," continued Haron.  "Only when those aware of fraud bring it to the attention of lawyers who have the resources to investigate and verify the allegations can that money be retrieved. This case is an example of how the system is supposed to work and how it will work given the increased resources and enhanced anti-fraud provisions in the health refo
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