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Last month, the government obtained one of the largest settlements ever in a health care fraud matter, as Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle allegations that it unlawfully marketed its drug, Depakote. The global settlement, announced on May 7, included a criminal guilty plea and the settlement of numerous civil cases. Furthermore, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) and Abbott have entered into a five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA), which will regulate Abbott’s prospective conduct.

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