News brief­ing: HHS chas­tis­es Eli Lil­ly for end­ing some dis­counts in a pan­dem­ic; Gilead to pay $97 mil­lion to set­tle kick­back al­le­ga­tions

Gilead agreed to pay $97 mil­lion to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that it il­le­gal­ly used a char­i­ty to pay thou­sands of Medicare pa­tients’ co-pay­ments for its pul­monary ar­te­r­i­al hy­per­ten­sion drug Letairis.

The US gov­ern­ment claimed that be­tween June 2007 and De­cem­ber 2010, Gilead $GILD used the Car­ing Voice Coali­tion as a con­duit to cov­er the costs of just its own drug. The al­leged be­hav­ior goes against the False Claims Act.

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