Patient Services Inc. today released the following statement on its settlement of lawsuits with the Department of Justice:
“Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) and three other charitable patient assistance programs (PAPs) recently entered into settlement agreements with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of DOJ’s industry-wide probe into charitable donations provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers to independent non-profit patient assistance programs. As part of the settlement, which also resolves the lawsuit that PSI brought against OIG, OIG has recognized the importance of a variety of communications between manufacturers and charitable assistance programs about patient needs and clarified that a number of these communications are permitted under OIG guidance.
“We are pleased to put this lawsuit behind us so that we can continue to focus on our core mission: helping patients afford access to life-saving care. Charitable patient assistance is a critical lifeline that helps thousands of patients and their families afford health care. Patients who rely on charitable assistance programs like PSI – particularly those living with rare, chronic or life-threatening conditions – have no other options. If these patients did not have access to charitable assistance, many would not be able to afford health care, which could lead to an irreversible deterioration in health or even death.”