A former employee of Omnicare, Inc. received $17.24 million as a reward for filing a False Claims Act lawsuit that exposed violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

This award was part of a $124.24 million settlement resolving allegations that Omnicare, Inc. entered into below-cost contracts to supply pharmaceutical drugs to skilled nursing facilities and their resident patients in order to induce the facilities to select Omnicare, Inc. as their pharmacy provider.

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other federally funded programs.  The Anti-Kickback Statute is intended to ensure that the selection of health care providers and suppliers is not compromised by improper financial incentives and is instead based on the best interests of the patient.

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