US antifraud campaign recovers $4 billion

The US government has recovered over $US4 billion ($3.96 billion) in the 2010 fiscal year after mounting a campaign against healthcare fraud.

The record haul was recovered from drug companies, hospitals, doctors’ offices and nursing homes after being stolen from Medicare and other healthcare programs. 

Last year, fraud prosecution teams were increased in major US cities and whistleblowers received significant payouts.

Drug manufacturers also paid multi-million dollar fines relating to off-label marketing (Allergan and AstraZeneca) or illegal marketing (Novartis).