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Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. agrees to $1.875 million settlement with Commissioner

News: 2018 Press Release

For Release: May 7, 2018
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. agrees to $1.875 million settlement with Commissioner

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reached a $1.875 million settlement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. relating to its former relationship with Philidor Rx Services LLC and claims for reimbursement or payment for Valeant products submitted by Philidor to California insurers.

"I am pleased that our fraud investigation of Valeant Pharmaceuticals has come to a successful conclusion," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Pharmaceutical companies have a legal duty to make sure that they or their contractors are not submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursements."

Valeant's former relationship with Philidor, which has been widely reported on, was terminated by Valeant in late 2015, following allegations that, among other things, Philidor submitted fraudulent claims for reimbursement to insurance companies. Since terminating its relationship with Philidor, Valeant has replaced many members of its senior management.

The submission of fraudulent claims for reimbursement is illegal under the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (CIFPA).

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Media Notes:

  •  Settlement and Release Agreement
  •  This investigation was commenced at the commissioner's own initiative, and there is no whistle blower lawsuit alleging a violation of Insurance Code section 1871.7 for the same misconduct.

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