Insys Therapeutics in Chandler, AZ

As Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics announced a $500,000 settlement with Massachusetts over allegations of fraud, New Jersey announced a new lawsuit.

New Jersey accused Insys of illegally directing its sales force to push prescriptions of the fentanyl-based cancer pain drug Subsys for a broader range of patients than the opioid drug was approved for, and at higher doses.

The lawsuit alleged Insys also paid kickbacks, including sham speaker fees to medical practitioners, to prescribe Subsys and defrauded insurers into paying for it. The suit said Insys’ actions led to the 2016 overdose death of a New Jersey woman.

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