A division of Ohio-based Cardinal Health has been named in a whistle-blower lawsuit for alleged violations of federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws, according to a company Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
The lawsuit also alleges violations of Medicare regulations and the federal False Claims Act in connection with the marketing and sale of ostomy and continence care products, the financial disclosure filed Tuesday said.
The lawsuit names several manufacturers and distributors of such products, but the SEC filing doesn't identify them. Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals and a manufacturer of medical and surgical products.
The federal government has not yet decided whether to intervene in the lawsuit, which was brought by a whistle-blower on behalf of the government, according to the filing. Details of whistle-blower lawsuits are often private, or kept under seal, until the government decides whether to join.
Cardinal Health said in the filing it is providing information to the Department of Justice in connection with its investigation into the matter. Attempts to reach the company for further comment were not immediately successful Wednesday morning.
Whistle-blowers are entitled to a percentage of whatever the government is able to recover in successful cases.
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