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Three drug makers have finalized agreements with federal authorities over allegations that donations that were paid to charities actually were kickbacks to Medicare and Civilian Health and Medical Program patients as a way to cover their out-of-pocket costs.

A federal law known as the Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits pharmaceutical companies from offering or paying, directly or indirectly, any remuneration — which includes money or anything else of value — to induce Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs patients to purchase their drugs.

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