OIG Takes Aim at Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Speaker Programs

By Robert L. Yates, Esq., Office of Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, Indianapolis, IN

Introduction

On November 16, 2020, the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (OIG or Agency) published Special Fraud Alert: Speaker Programs (Alert). The Alert addresses the fraud and abuse risks inherent in remuneration associated with events (Speaker Programs) sponsored by pharmaceutical and medical device companies (Pharma Companies) where a physician or other healthcare professional (HCP) makes a presentation to other HCPs focusing on a drug or device, or a related disease state, on behalf of a Pharma Company. 

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