Under the civil settlement, the federal government will get $50.69 million and state Medicaid programs will get $24.68 million. The three whistleblowers will share more than $9 million, the government said.
One of the whistleblowers was Dr. Gary R. Spivack, a psychiatrist from northern Virginia, according to a statement by his law firm, Phillips & Cohen LLP.
“I found it outrageous that Ortho-McNeil would try to pay doctors to influence them to prescribe a drug for uses that clearly endangered patients’ health,” Spivack said in the statement. “Doctors need impartial and accurate information to make decisions on the best treatment for their patients, but that’s not what Ortho-McNeil provided.”
Two former Ortho-McNeil sales representatives, Angela Maher and Anastasia Savka-Klovski, also will share in the whistleblower settlement.