Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Off-Label Promotion of Trileptal (Civil Litigation)

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) agreed to pay $237.5 million to resolve civil allegations under the False Claims Act that the company unlawfully marketed the epilepsy drug Trileptal and five other drugs (Diovan, Tekturna, Exforge, Sandostatin and Zelnorm) and paid illegal kickbacks to physicians to induce them to prescribe those drugs. Novartis also entered into a corporate integrity agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Health and Human Services
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Novartis AG $237,500,000
Further Information Released
Corporate Integrity Agreement 7/11/2014
DOJ Press Release 11/30/2010
Law Firm Press Release 11/30/2010
Settlement Agreement 11/30/2010

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database