Drugmaker Cardinal Health Pays $8M to Settle Kickback Allegations

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Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health has agreed to pay $8 million to resolve claims that it made payments to induce referral orders for its prescription drugs, according to a Department of Justice news release.

The case alleged that Cardinal Health violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute. It was filed by two whistleblowers: pharmacy owner R. Daniel Saleaumua and pharmacy consultant Kevin Rinne. Mr. Saleaumua alleged that Cardinal paid him $440,000 in exchange for purchasing Cardinal drugs.

Together, Mr. Saleaumua and Mr. Rinne will receive $760,000 of the settlement.

Read the DOJ release on Cardinal Health's settlement.

Read about other pharmaceutical companies involved in lawsuits:

- CVS Pays $17M To Settle Medicaid Fraud Allegations

- Harvard Drug Group Pays $8M to Settle Claims of Failure to Report Suspicious Drug Orders

- Bristol-Myers Accused of Kickbacks, Bribing Physicians With Gifts


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