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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Exjade Kickback Scheme

Express Scripts subsidiary Accredo Health Group agreed to pay $60 million to several states and the federal government to settle claims of participating in a kickback scheme designed to boost sales of the Novartis prescription drug Exjade. Novartis allegedly orchestrated a scheme whereby it offered kickbacks in the form of patient referrals and other benefits to certain specialty pharmacies, including Accredo, in exchange for increasing their Exjade refills through biased recommendations to patients. The case arose out of a lawsuit filed in 2011 by a whistleblower who worked for Novartis (see Novartis AG pending instance, “U.S. ex rel. Kester, et al. v. Novartis et al. (Kickbacks, False Claims)”).

Misconduct Type
Ethics
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
5/1/2015
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Express Scripts Holding Company $60,000,000
Further Information Released
FBI Press Release 5/1/2015

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database