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Whistleblower Kickback Case Against Alpharma Results In $42.5 Million Recovery for U.S. and States
Date:3/17/2010

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpharma Inc. has agreed to pay $42.5 million to the federal government and certain states to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that exposed an alleged kickback scheme by the pharmaceutical company to boost its sales of Kadian, a prescription painkiller.

"Patients need to know their doctors are prescribing drugs solely because it will benefit them – not the doctor's bank account," said Mary Louise Cohen, a Washington, DC, attorney with Phillips & Cohen LLP, which represents the whistleblower.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice, which had joined the "qui tam" (whistleblower) case. The government investigation was led by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamie Bennett and Thomas Corcoran in Baltimore and Senior Trial Counsel Daniel Spiro in the Justice Department's Washington headquarters.

The qui tam lawsuit alleged that Alpharma was paying kickbacks to doctors to encourage them to prescribe Kadian, a morphine-based drug, for both federally approv
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