CBS Evening News Report
The CBS Television Network, in a national news feature, featured the $35 million federal/state Walgreens drug switching settlement reached under qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Michael Behn and Linda Wyetzner, of Behn & Wyetzner, Chartered, represent the pharmacist-whistleblower who brought the Walgreens case to federal and state authorities.
Behn, who was interviewed by CBS, is a former federal prosecutor from New York and co-founder of Behn & Wyetzner, Chartered. Behn & Wyetzner has helped the pharmacist-relator, Bernard Lisitza, return more than $120 million to state and federal governments, realizing similar settlements over the past seven months with Omnicare, the national's largest nursing home pharmacy, and CVS.
In this three-minute "Follow the Money" during the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said Behn, "...helped expose how Walgreens exploited a Medicaid loophole." The news report illustrates the impact that a dedicated pharmacist whistleblower can make against Medicaid fraud, as a relator under the qui tam provisions of state and federal False Claims Acts.
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