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Bayer to Pay $40 Million Over Whistle-Blower’s Bribe Claims

  • Deal reached on sales tactics for heart, blood-pressure drugs
  • Bayer says its not admitting wrongdoing as part of settlement
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Bayer AG agreed to pay $40 million to resolve US lawsuits linked to allegations that company officials bribed hospitals and physicians to use its drugs.

The settlement stems from two “whistle-blower” suits filed by ex-marketing employee Laurie Simpson almost two decades ago and subsequent litigation by the US government, the US Justice Department said Friday in a statement. Simpson will receive about $11 million from the settlement, the department said.