Novartis To Make Its Medical Education Programs Virtual Under DOJ Settlement
Two settlements totaling $729m resolve kickback claims related to speaker programs and copay charities; Novartis will limit payments to healthcare professionals for providing medical education under a new corporate integrity agreement.
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