Tag Archives: Novartis

Posted 4 years ago in Frauds & Scams by Josh Crank  
US Sues Novartis for Alleged Pharmacy Kickback Scheme

Swiss drug maker Novartis has been sued by a U.S. Attorney for allegedly paying kickbacks to pharmacies that converted thousands of patients to one of its drugs. The civil fraud suit accuses the company of disguising the kickbacks as rebates and discounts for Myfortic, an immunosuppressant drug that helps kidney transplant patients avoid organ rejection. “Novartis co-opted the independence of certain pharmacists and turned them into salespeople for one of its drugs,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
$10.5 Million Award for Jawbone Death Caused by Cancer Drug

Barbara Davids was prescribed the drug Zometa to treat bone complications as part of her treatment for breast cancer. Davids later developed osteonecrosis, or “bone death” in her jaw bone.  According to her lawsuit against Novartis, the company that makes Zometa, the drug caused her jaw bone injury and the company hid what it knew about the link between its drug and the disease. Davids’ attorney, John Vecchione, showed the jury an email from a Novartis marketing employee discussing a …

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Posted 5 years ago in Labor and Employment by Keith Ecker  
Supreme Court to Rule on Sales Rep Overtime Pay

Usually, the question of whether you have a right to overtime pay is pretty clear. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes a minimum threshold for wage-hour standards that all employers in all states must abide by. These standards generally say that if you are not in a managerial role and you are not making a large salary, then you are entitled to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in a week.   “It’s easy to determine …

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