Some for­mer ex­ec­u­tives at In­sys Ther­a­peu­tics have been charged in a kick­back scheme that in­volved brib­ing clin­i­cians to un­nec­es­sar­ily pre­scribe pain med­i­ca­tions.

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The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment last week ar­rested six for­mer ex­ec­u­tives at the Phoenix-based phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany. They are ac­cused of brib­ing prac­ti­tion­ers to pre­scribe a fen­tanyl-based painkiller called Sub­sys. The can­cer drug was al­legedly pre­scribed to “many” pa­tients who didn’t ac­tu­ally have can­cer. The DOJ also al­leged that the for­mer ex­ec­u­tives de­frauded health in­sur­ers to ap­prove pay­ment of the drug for non­cancer pa­tients by re­ceiv­ing prior au­tho­riza­tion di­rectly from them and phar­macy ben­e­fit man­agers.

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