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November 12, 2020 — U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody “trimmed” claims accusing Sanofi’s predecessor, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, of false advertising and giving kickbacks to physicians who promoted Taxotere.  Claims stated that between 1996 and 2004, the drug manufacturer paid doctors to attend advisory boards focused on advertising Taxotere.  The doctors then prescribed Taxotere or off-brand versions of Taxotere to their patients after receiving kickbacks.

Judge Brody ruled that the evidence likely indicates that Sanofi was aware its advisory boards did not align with its internal compliance policies.  

The manufacturer was able to get rid of a false advertising claim.  It also avoided allegations of running a scheme in which sales representatives shadowed doctors and distributing kickbacks through meals and gift baskets.

Reference: “Sanofi Must Face Cancer Drug FCA Claims At Trial.” Law360, www.law360.com/trials/articles/1328289/sanofi-must-face-cancer-drug-fca-claims-at-trial

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Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

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