Baton Rouge —Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell has continued using Louisiana’s Medicaid Fraud laws to recover over $9.5 million from Abbott Laboratories based on allegations of Abbott’s fraudulent actions under the state’s Medicaid Program. The Attorney General’s office filed suit three years ago in Baton Rouge’s 19th Judicial District Court. The case was assigned to Judge Janice Clark.
“We will continue to pursue and bring to justice those who abuse the system,” says General Caldwell. “This is a victory for Louisiana.”
In the suit against Abbott, the state alleged Abbott was guilty of misbranding Depakote, an anti-epileptic medication, by promoting the drug without FDA approval to control agitation and aggression in elderly dementia patients. Additionally, the state further alleged that Abbott misbranded Depakote by marketing the drug to treat schizophrenia, also without FDA approval.
“According to Forbes magazine,” says General Caldwell, “of Louisiana’s $6.6 billion in annual Medicaid funds, ten percent, or $660,000,000, is fraud. In the last two years, we have recovered almost half that amount, about $300,000,000, and we intend to continue using the state’s strong Medicaid fraud laws to recover taxpayer funds wrongfully taken from Louisiana.”
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