Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $39 Million Civil Fraud Settlement Against Qualitest Pharmaceuticals For Selling Half-Strength Fluoride Supplements
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Regional Office for the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS-OIG"), and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and Patrick E. McFarland, the Inspector General for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ("OPM") announced a $39 million settlement against Vintage Pharmaceuticals, LLC, d/b/a QUALITEST PHARMACEUTICALS; Vintage'S corporate parent Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and seven of their corporate subsidiaries or affiliates (collectively, "QUALITEST") in a civil fraud lawsuit. This global settlement resolves federal claims under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq., that allege QUALITEST sold chewable fluoride tablets that contained less than half the amount of fluoride ion indicated on the drug label and caused federal healthcare programs to be fraudulently billed for these tablets, and also will resolve numerous state law civil fraud claims.
- Date:December 16, 2015
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
- Criminal and Civil Actions