Feds accuse Teva of $300M in kickbacks for MS drug

Massachusetts federal prosecutors today claimed that Teva Pharmaceuticals funneled $300 million from a pair of charitable foundations to subsidize Medicare copayments for a multiple sclerosis drug.

Teva Pharmaceuticals and Teva Neuroscience, the maker of Copaxone, simultaneously raised the drug’s price by 329%, allegedly violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act, according to the complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

The government alleges that Teva conspired with a specialty pharmacy, Advanced Care Scripts, Inc. (ACS), and two purportedly independent foundations, Chronic Disease Fund (CDF) and The Assistance Fund (TAF).

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