Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Sanofi
Penalty: 
$109,000,000
Year: 
2012
Date: 
December 19, 2012
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Secondary Offense: 
kickbacks and bribery
Violation Description: 

Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc. and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, subsidiaries of international drug manufacturer Sanofi, agreed to pay $109 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by giving physicians free units of Hyalgan, a knee injection, in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, to induce them to purchase and prescribe the product. The settlement also resolved allegations that Sanofi US submitted false average sales price reports for Hyalgan that failed to account for free units distributed contingent on Hyalgan purchases.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department Civil Division
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
France
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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