A former employee has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. against Sanofi, alleging that the French drugmaker paid $34 million in kickbacks for doctors, pharmacies and hospitals to order its diabetes treatments. Sanofi has declined to comment to the press.
Paralegal Diane Ponte claims she reviewed contracts which funnelled tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks through consultants. The lawsuit, filed in Newark, New Jersey, targeted several Sanofi executives including former chief executive Chris Viehbacher.
Last month, Sanofi fired Viehbacher, noting that board members were unhappy with his execution and failure to communicate.
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