February 14, 2005
OPI Properties, a subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude or impede federal audits.
The settlement was the result of an investigation into the feeding tube industry. The company’s sales practices, which included giving free equipment to potential clients, violated the anti-kickback rules.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a February 11, 2005 article on the settlement.