STAT+: Biogen agrees to pay $900 million to settle whistleblower case alleging kickbacks and sham speaking events

After a decade of legal squabbling, Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleged the company paid kickbacks to hundreds of physicians to boost sales of its multiple sclerosis drugs.

The settlement ends a long-running battle that began in 2012, when a former Biogen sales manager named Michael Bawduniak filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming the company ran thousands of speaker and consulting programs that were not educational session, but actually blatant marketing tools. As a result, he alleged, the drugmaker caused Medicaid to overpay for medicine.

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