Drug maker Daiichi Sankyo will pay North Carolina $281,735.37 for allegedly offering kickbacks to get doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs, Attorney General Roy Cooper said today.
“Drugs should be prescribed because they are the best choice for the patient, not because the company offers the best benefits to the doctor,” Cooper said. “Offering kickbacks doesn’t put patients’ interests first.”
Under the agreement, Daiichi Sankyo will pay $39 million to states and the federal government to compensate Medicaid, as well as other fines and restitution. The settlement resolves allegations that Daiichi Sankyo offered lavish meals and speaker program honoraria as kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe its drugs Azor, Benicar, Tribenzor, all used to treat high blood pressure, and Welchol, used to treat high cholesterol.