Company indicted for fraudulently marketing opioids

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A federal grand jury in Abingdon has indicted a drug maker accused of using an illegal nationwide scheme to increase the number of prescriptions written for Suboxone Film.

A statement from the Department of Justice said “Indivior obtained billions of dollars in revenue from Suboxone Film prescriptions by deceiving health care providers and health care benefit programs into believing that Suboxone Film was safer, less divertible, and less abusable than other opioid-addiction treatment drugs.”

A statement from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said the indictment comes after an investigation from his Medicaid Fraud Unit.

The indictment said if the company is convicted, it will be ordered to forfeit no less than $3 billion to the United States government.

Officials with Indivior released a lengthy statement that said they “believe U.S. Justice Department is fundamentally wrong and they will contest the charges Vigorously.”

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