Medicrea Agrees to Pay $2 Million to Settle U.S. Physician Kickback Claims
Medicrea, a French device manufacturer with a U.S. subsidiary, has reached a deal with the Department of Justice, agreeing to pay $2 million to put to rest allegations that it inappropriately tried to influence U.S. physicians.
The company will fork over $1 million to the U.S. federal government to resolve whistleblower claims that Medicrea and its U.S. wing inappropriately entertained American physicians at a 2013 conference in France. It will also pay an additional $1 million to resolve allegations that it did not report the expenses, which allegedly included food, alcohol, travel and entertainment-related expenditures.
“This case demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to ensuring that medical device manufacturers do not use improper relationships to influence physician decisionmaking and are transparent about the benefits that they provide to physicians,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Williams.