McKesson pays $18 mln in temperature monitor false claims case

Aug 8 (Reuters) – McKesson Corp agreed to pay $18 million to settle U.S. charges that it violated its contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by falsely assuring that it had been shipping vaccines at the correct temperature.

Friday’s settlement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice resolved whistleblower claims against the San Francisco-based pharmaceutical distributor under the federal False Claims Act.

The Justice Department accused McKesson of having from April to November 2007 improperly set monitors designed to detect when air temperatures inside shipping boxes moved outside a range considered safe for the vaccines.

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