Amgen Accused of Kickback Scheme to Boost Aranesp Sales


The New York Times reported, “The biotechnology giant Amgen has been accused by New York and some other states of engaging in illegal kickbacks to promote sales of its anemia drug Aranesp [darbepoetin alfa].” The states filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that “Amgen, in effect, provided free samples to doctors and clinics by putting tiny extra amounts of the drug in each vial. The medical practices could then make a profit by billing insurers…for the extra drug.”

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