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Olympus to pay $646m to settle charges over device sales

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1309 (Published 03 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1309
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the largest distributor of endoscopes in the US, has agreed to pay $646 million (£459m; €594m) to resolve criminal charges and civil claims related to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals in the US and Latin America that bought the company’s products, the US Department of Justice announced on 1 March. Under a three year deferred prosecution agreement, the company will be able to avoid conviction if it complies with reform and compliance requirements.

In a statement, Olympus acknowledged the company’s responsibility for …

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