The pharmaceutical giant allegedly paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to long-term care pharmacy Omnicare Inc. so that it would push Johnson & Johnson medications on seniors, according to the Associated Press.
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The claims, which were made by the government and two whistleblowers, also alleged that Omnicare promoted a number of other painkilling drugs such as Duragesic and Ultram, and an antibiotic, Levaquin, which has been connected to an increased risk in tendon problems.
Johnson & Johnson claims that it gave discounts to Omnicare that were not in violation of anti-kickback laws.
However, Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shapiro said anti-kickback laws do not allow "an agreement to attach strings to the discount," reports the news provider.