Publicly Traded Long Term Care Pharmacy - PharMerica Corp. - Settles False Claims Allegations

Oct 07, 2015, 15:08 ET from Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Long Term Care Pharmacy – PharMerica Corp.- has agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal false claims act and similar state false claims acts by receiving kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories to promote the anti-epileptic drug, Depakote.

The settlement resolves claims that were part of a 2007 lawsuit filed by false claims act whistleblower, Meredith McCoyd. Claims made initially by McCoyd against Abbott were resolved as part of a $1.6 billion settlement in 2012.

The case is entitled, U.S. ex rel. McCoyd v. Abbott Labs. et al., No. 1:07-cv-00081 (W.D. Va.). 

Reuben Guttman and Traci Buschner of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC (GBB) in Washington, D.C. have been lead counsel for Ms. McCoyd throughout the litigation, including the initial $1.6 billion settlement.  Firm senior counsel and medical director, Caroline Poplin, M.D., was also part of the GBB team representing McCoyd.

"This case highlights mismanagement of medical care for the nation's elderly," said Reuben Guttman. "It is really a case about paying to put drugs in the bodies of patients who were without the ability to engage in informed consent."

"Congressional oversight of the nursing home industry is in order," said Traci Buschner.

Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC is a leading firm representing whistleblowers.

Attorneys from the firm have represented whistleblowers in the following cases:  U.S. ex rel. Doghramji et al. v. Community Health Services, Inc. et al. (M.D. Tenn.)($97 million government recovery in 2014); U.S. ex rel. Sandler and Paris v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals et al (W.D. Okla.)($257 million civil government recovery in 2013); U.S. ex rel. Graydon v. GlaxoSmithKline (D. Mass)($1.04 billion dollar government recovery in 2012); U.S. ex rel. Demott v. Pfizer (D. Mass)($2.3 billion government recovery in 2009); U.S. ex rel. Szymoniak v. Bank of America et al, (D.S.C./W.D.N.C.) ($95 million government recovery in 2012); U.S. ex rel. Kurnik v. Amgen et al., (D.S.C.)($24.9 million government recovery in 2013.)


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