Drug firm to pay $11M to settle kickback claims

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SAN DIEGO – A drug company has agreed to pay $11.4 million to the federal government to settle allegations it paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe its painkillers and muscle relaxants.

prescription-drug-courtThe company, Victory Pharma Inc., allegedly provided doctors with tickets to sports events, concerts and plays, along with paying for spa outings, golf and ski outings, dinners at expensive restaurants, and even a trip to a strip club, according to court documents.

In exchange for the gifts, doctors wrote prescriptions for patients covered by Medicare and other federal health insurance programs, including the Tricare program for military families, prosecutors said.

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