Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Biovail Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Bausch Health
Penalty: 
$24,647,876
Year: 
2009
Date: 
September 14, 2009
Offense Group: 
competition-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
kickbacks and bribery
Secondary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

Biovail pled guilty to conspiracy and kickback charges and was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $22,243,590 in connection with its program known as PLACE (Proving Long Acting Through Experience) whereby it paid or cause to be paid up to $1,000 to thousands of physicians and others in order to induce them to prescribe and/or recommend the drug Cardizem, L.A. Biovail also agreed to make a payment of $2,404,286 to resolve allegations that this conduct caused false claims to be submitted to the United States.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
U.S. Attorney-District of Massachusetts
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil and criminal
HQ Country of Parent: 
Canada (reincorporated for tax reasons)
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
pharmaceuticals
Specific Industry of Parent: 
pharmaceuticals
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Parent company note: 
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