MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A pair of Philadelphia ophthalmologists accused medtech company Allergan (NYSE:AGN) of offering doctors illegal kickbacks in exchange for prescriptions of the Allergan’s eye drugs.
The docs claimed that Allergan explicitly offered to trade prescriptions for consulting services that promised to boost clinic profits and help target patients with "dry eye," according to Corporate Crime Reporter.
The lawsuit was unsealed this week by a federal court in Philadelphia.
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Smartphone blood pressure cuff enters clinical trials
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Lower IUD doses, researcher say
California researchers report that intrauterine contraceptive systems are just as effective at lower doses, which are smaller and easier to use in women who haven’t had children or who have only delivered children cesarean section.