In recent years, those who follow the law and legal developments have noted an uptick in cases filed against drug companies, pharmacies, and others involved in pharmaceutical fraud. This focus on pharmaceutical insurance fraud is an important development and these cases help protect individual consumers, U.S. taxpayers, and the public as a whole. We have discussed specific instances of such fraud in our discussion of the PharMerica and CVS cases. In this post, our California medical fraud law firm takes a broader view and examines the most common types of pharma fraud.
Types on Pharmaceutical and Insurance Fraud
Kickbacks in the pharma world typically involve a drug company bribing a doctor into prescribing a certain medication. Bribes may be disguised as Speaker Fees or grant money. This is illegal and very dangerous because the bribe can affect the physician’s judgment, resulting in the patient receiving a drug that is not the best medical choice. Kickbacks are also used by drug companies to get a favored status with an insurance provider.