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Novartis hit with two lawsuits by the U.S. Justice Department

by on April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013 | By Márcio Barra

The US subsidiary of Novartis has been hit with two lawsuits filed by the federal government of the US, the first one early last week and the second last Friday for a series of alleged infractions, including paying kickbacks (incentives) to pharmacies and physicians  for prescribing the company’s medication in place of others.

The first lawsuit saw Novartis being accused by the US Government of fraud against the Medicare and Medicaid programs, where at least twenty pharmacies were paid for switching patients over to Novartis’ immunosuppressant drug Myfortic.

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