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Can pharmaceutical companies bounce back from Novartis scandal?

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis recently reached a settlement with the Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York regarding various claims of criminal wrongdoing. The allegations include claims the group violated the False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Essentially, the government claimed the group gave health care providers various incentives in exchange for using and prescribing their products.

NY pharmacist charged with health care fraud and tax crimes

New York officials recently charged a local pharmacy owner of Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) violations and tax crimes. Prosecutors claim the man, along with others associated with the pharmacy, began illegally bribing doctors to use their pharmacy for services in 2010. In addition to cash payments, the government claimed the accused offered expensive meals and lavish gifts to entice doctors and doctors' employees in New Jersey and New York to send prescriptions to their facility.

Pharmacies: 3 lessons from Walgreens' evolution in 2019

The giant, nationwide pharmacy Walgreens went through many changes in 2019. The year began with a new partnership with Microsoft to help better ensure the pharmacy was up to date on technological innovations for health care delivery as well as retail innovations. The company also made additional investments in digital health throughout the year.

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