Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Organon National Medicaid Settlement

Merck’s Organon subsidiary (Schering-Plough acquired Organon in 2007; Schering-Plough merged with Merck in 2009) agreed to pay $31 million to several states and the federal government for allegedly failing to include discounts and rebates in its pricing, as required by the federal Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. Organon also allegedly offered kickbacks to nursing home pharmacies to encourage use of the Remeron antidepressant and allegedly promoted the medicine for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Merck did not admit any wrongdoing; the allegations occurred between 1999 and 2005—before Merck acquired Organon.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $31,000,000
Further Information Released
New York AG Press Release 10/15/2014
Settlement Agreement 8/7/2014
Complaint 9/13/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database