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Pfizer Subpoenaed in DOJ Investigation of Drugmaker Charity Connections

  • Feds ask for documents on patient co-pay assistance charities
  • Numerous drug companies have been subpoenaed in widening probe

Pfizer Inc. said that it received two subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts related to charities that help Medicare patients afford co-payments for drugs, the latest company to disclose involvement in the probe.

The New York-based drugmaker said in a securities filing Thursday that it received subpoenas on December 2015 and on July 2016 requesting documents related to the Patient Access Network Foundation and other organizations that provide financial assistance to Medicare patients. Pfizer donated more than $10 million to the PAN Foundation in 2016, according to a report on its website dated December 19, 2016, including for funds related to kidney cancer and a hormone disorder known as acromegaly.