St. Jude Medical, Inc. (“St. Jude”), based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a developer and manufacturer of cardiovascular and implantable neurostimulation devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. St. Jude has agreed to pay $3.65 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly overcharged the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs for replacement pacemakers and defibrillators. The allegations first surfaced in a whistleblower complaint brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by two whistleblowers in Massachusetts.
According to the whistleblowers’ complaint, while St. Jude was actively marketing its products and the generous credits available if one its medical devices required replacement while still under warranty, it was actively concealing warranty credits from the government when replacement devices were bought while the original device was still under warranty. The United States alleged that St. Jude’s failure to give the appropriate warranty credits resulted in inflated charges to Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and Department of Defense military treatment facilities for replacement pacemakers and defibrillators.
As their reward under the qui tam provisions, the two whistleblowers will receive approximately $730,000 of the settlement amount.
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