US Department of Justice

Charles River Laboratories International to pay $1.8M to settle False Claims Act allegations

Friday, March 24, 2017

Charles River Laboratories International has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act by improperly charging for labor and other associated costs that were not actually provided on certain NIH contracts, the Justice Department announced. Charles River is a for-profit corporation headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts. 

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A cautiously optimistic healthcare M&A outlook for 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Although 2016 was a lackluster year for megadeals in healthcare, a recent flurry of big deals has Wall Street investors cautiously optimistic that 2017 will bring new mergers and big-ticket acquisitions. An increasingly competitive landscape in healthcare, coupled with signs that the new U.S. presidential administration may usher in more business-friendly policies, could spur major deals in the upcoming year.

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Search for the next FDA commissioner offers wide-ranging temperament of styles

Monday, February 6, 2017

President Trump—as he has done with other cabinet and agency picks—is keeping Congress and the public guessing about his choice for the next FDA Commissioner. Possible candidates to succeed outgoing Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf range from a severe critic of the FDA who advocates disbanding the agency to a policy conservative but defender of the FDA. 

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Alere hit with subpoena for Medicare billing practices

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Investors were temporarily shaken after news of a federal investigation into Medicare billing practices. Alere received a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena addressed to Alere Toxicology Services on July 1, 2016. The subpoena seeks records related to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare billings dating back to 2010 for patient samples tested at the company’s Austin, Texas pain management laboratory.

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14 indicted in connection with 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Justice Department unsealed a 131-count criminal indictment in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Barry J. Cadden, owner and head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center (NECC), and NECC’s supervisory pharmacist Glenn A. Chin were charged with 25 acts of second-degree murder in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.   

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