Eight current and former employees of TAP Pharmaceutical Products were acquitted of charges they offered kickbacks to doctors in the form of consulting fees, dinners, golf trips and other favors to get the doctors to prescribe certain drugs. The case against TAP has been closely watched by the drug industry and the medical profession, which have been criticized in recent years for questionable business practices. TAP paid $875 million to the federal government in a 2001 settlement of its potential liability; only individuals were on trial. The jury deliberated for parts of four days following a three-month trial. Several of the defendants cheered as the verdicts were read. "I feel vindicated," defendant Donald Patton said. "I'm going to get my career back on track." -- by the Associated Press
TAP employees acquitted in kickback trial
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