In the pantheon of horrors uncovered by whistleblowers who have filed under the federal False Claims Act, the case of Dr. Farid Fata has a special place. From the appeal of Fata’s sentence comes this summation:
The DoJ has announced that Pfizer will pay $785 million to settle False Claims Act violations of their subsidiary company Wyeth. Through a period from 2001 to 2006, Wyeth failed to report discounts to Medicaid that they were offering hospitals for two of their stomach acid reducing drugs, Protonix IV and Protonix Oral. This led to Medicaid overpaying for these drugs by scores millions of dollars, to the detriment of the program and taxpayers, and to hospitals routinely switching patients from a prescribed drug to another similar drug, sometime to the detriment of patient health.