Valeant to sever ties with Philidor
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is severing all ties with Philidor Rx Services, and Philidor has informed Valeant that it will shut down operations as soon as possible, consistent with applicable laws.
“The newest allegations about activities at Philidor raise additional questions about the company’s business practices,” said J. Michael Pearson, Valeant’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We have lost confidence in Philidor’s ability to continue to operate in a manner that is acceptable to Valeant and the patients and doctors we serve.
“We understand that patients, doctors and business partners have been disturbed by the reports of improper behavior at Philidor, just as we have been,” Pearson said. “We know the allegations have also led them to question Valeant and our integrity, and for that I take complete responsibility. Operating honestly and ethically is our first priority, and you have my absolute commitment that we will make it right.”
Valeant intends to develop a plan to ensure patients' access to drugs is minimally disrupted. Valeant has informed Philidor that to the extent that managed care plans will no longer reimburse prescriptions in process, Valeant will fill them at the company's expense.