Sixth Circuit Discourages False Claims Act Claims Based On Off-Label Promotion

On October 27, 2017, in U.S. ex rel. Ibanez v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., 874 F.3d 905 (6th Cir. 2017) (Ibanez), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a qui tam action under the False Claims Act (FCA) alleging that Bristol-Myers Squibb engaged in a nationwide scheme to promote off-label uses of its anti-psychotic drug Abilify. In its decision, the Sixth Circuit highlights the challenges for a relator asserting FCA claims based on off-label promotion in a manner that…
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