PharMerica Settles OIG Notice of Action; Company Pays Approximately $6 Million as Part of Settlement
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 2005--PharMerica, Inc., a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), today announced a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding all issues related to the OIG's June 2004 administrative action against PharMerica Drug Systems, Inc. (PDSI) and PharMerica for PDSI's 1997 purchase of Hollins Manor I, LLC, a Virginia-based pharmacy.
Under the terms of the settlement, PharMerica paid $5.975 million to HHS and entered into a five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the OIG. In turn, the OIG provided PharMerica and PDSI with a full release for the conduct covered by the administrative action, including an agreement not to pursue the exclusion of PharMerica or PDSI from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or federal healthcare programs. Also as part of the settlement, the Company denied any wrongdoing.
The OIG had demanded $21.8 million in damages and penalties from PharMerica and PDSI and the companies' exclusion from participation in federal healthcare programs for 10 years.
"The settlement allows PharMerica to put this matter from the past behind us," said William Shields, President of PharMerica. "The settlement's emphasis on corporate integrity is consistent with PharMerica's policies and its overriding commitment to quality, compliance and ethical conduct, and does not affect any ongoing business with any customer or payor, including the federal government."
The OIG administrative action arose from the 1997 purchase by PDSI, a PharMerica subsidiary, of Hollins Manor I, LLC. There were no allegations of patient harm in the action, which was based on an alleged violation of the Medicare anti-kickback statute resulting from the purchase. The 1997 purchase predated the acquisition of PharMerica by Bergen Brunswig and the subsequent merger that created AmerisourceBergen in 2001.
PharMerica, one of the nation's leading pharmacy providers to the long-term care setting, supplies medication and related services to approximately 200,000 nursing home residents in 37 states.
AmerisourceBergen(R) (NYSE:ABC) is one of the largest pharmaceutical services companies in the United States. Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel, the Company provides drug distribution and related services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. AmerisourceBergen's service solutions range from pharmacy automation, bedside medication safety systems, and pharmaceutical packaging to pharmacy services for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services, and physician education. With more than $48 billion in operating revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs more than 14,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #22 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.
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