The Whistleblower Institute announces that Galena Biopharma Inc reached a $7.55 million settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit.
San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/27/2017 -- The Whistleblower Institute announces that Galena Biopharma Inc reached a $7.55 million settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit over paying kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe its fentanyl-based drug Abstral.
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A settlement has been reached to resolve False Claims Act allegations against Galena Biopharma Inc.
The allegations arose from a lawsuit that claimed Galena Biopharma Inc paid kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe its fentanyl-based drug Abstral.
According to the government, Galena allegedly paid multiple types of kickbacks to induce doctors to prescribe Abstral, including providing more than 85 free meals to doctors and staff from a single, high-prescribing practice; paying doctors $5,000, and speakers $6,000, plus expenses, to attend an "advisory board" that was partly planned, and attended, by Galena sales team members and paying approximately $92,000 to a physician-owned pharmacy under a performance-based rebate agreement to induce the owners to prescribe Abstral.
Allegedly, Galena also paid doctors to refer patients to the company's RELIEF patient registry study, which was nominally designed to collect data on patient experiences with Abstral, but acted as a means to induce the doctors to prescribe Abstral.
"Given the dangers associated with opioids such as Abstral, it is imperative that prescriptions be based on a patient's medical need rather than a doctor's financial interests," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department's Civil Division. "The Department of Justice intends to vigorously pursue those who offer and receive illegal inducements that undermine the integrity of government health care programs."
The whistleblowers' share of the settlement will be $1.2 million.
Based in San Ramon, California, Galena Biopharma Inc is a publicly traded pharmaceutical company.
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