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Federal prosecutors have filed a second civil fraud suit against Novartis (NVS), accusing the...

Federal prosecutors have filed a second civil fraud suit against Novartis (NVS), accusing the drug giant of paying kickbacks and providing lavish dinners to doctors to encourage them to prescribe the company's brand-name drugs to treat hypertension and other ailments. Payments were disguised as honorariums for doctors to speak at educational programs, but the presentations were actually little more than social outings for doctors, including fishing trips off the Florida coast and outings to Hooters restaurants.
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  • SA_Member_8998191
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    "including fishing trips off the Florida coast and outings to Hooters restaurants." Being a doctor sounds even better now.
    26 Apr 2013, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    ...because only crooked politicians are allowed to take bribes
    26 Apr 2013, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • rlp2451
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    Would it have been better to have gone to Applebee's?
    26 Apr 2013, 07:41 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Yes. Easier to score an Applebee's waitress...
    26 Apr 2013, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    Shame on Novartis but also on the Docs. It does bring into question many of the arguments about the onerous development costs of new drugs when it is "marketing expenses" that keep the price of medicines high and overprescribed.
    26 Apr 2013, 07:46 PM Reply Like
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