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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…

Alleged Payment of Kickbacks to Medicare Patients

Pfizer agreed to pay $23.85 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act. The government accused Pfizer of using a foundation as a conduit to pay the copay obligations of Medicare patients taking the Pfizer drugs Sutent, Inlyta, and Tikosyn. Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from offering, directly or indirectly, any remuneration—which includes the payment of copays—to induce Medicare patients to purchase the companies’ products. Pfizer also entered into a corporate integrity agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General requiring Pfizer to implement measures designed to ensure that arrangements and interactions with third-party patient assistance programs are compliant with the law.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
5/24/2018
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Pfizer, Inc. $23,850,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 5/24/2018
Corporate Integrity Agreement 5/23/2018

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database