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…

U.S. v. Novartis (Speaker Program False Claims)

The United States filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Novartis gave kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe Novartis products, in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The government alleges that, from January 2002 through at least November 2011, Novartis illegally induced doctors to prescribe Novartis’ drugs. The government alleges that Novartis provided doctors with expensive meals and honoraria to speak at public events about certain Novartis drugs, including hypertension drugs Lotrel and Valturna and diabetes drug Starlix. Some of the government’s claims originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Novartis employee Oswald Bilotta.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Date of Government Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Novartis AG $0
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 4/26/2013
Government Complaint 4/26/2013
Bilotta Complaint 3/21/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database