Conn. To Get Share Of $40 Million National Settlement
The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by Dr. Cynthia Kirk, a former vice president of regulatory affairs for the Infection Prevention Business Unit of CareFusion. The lawsuit was filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private citizens with knowledge of false claims to file suit on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. Kirk's share in this case is $3.26 million.
CareFusion, a corporation spun off from Cardinal Health in 2009, denied any liability as part of the settlement terms. According to a statement released by the corporation, they have already paid the settlement.
"We are pleased to resolve this matter and are confident we have strong practices, processes and controls in place," said Kieran Gallahue, CareFusion's chairman and CEO. "We have made significant investments during the past several years to improve our quality and compliance systems, including our sales and marketing practices, and will continue to do so as part of our commitment to adhering to the highest standards and aligning with best global practices."
Assisting Jepsen and the Department of Social Services in this case was the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.