Former Health Care Fraud Chief in Philly Joins Teva Pharmaceuticals
By Mary Jacoby | March 3, 2013 10:26 pm

John Pease, who led the government and health care fraud section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, has left the Justice Department for a job with a pharmaceutical company.

Pease, 45, is a new senior counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where he oversees government investigations of the company for the Americas. “I was just ready to try something different,” Pease said in an interview.

John Pease (photo by Main Justice)

Before joining the Justice Department, where he stayed for 16 years, Pease was in private practice at the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. He joined Teva in January. Richard Lloret succeeded Pease as chief of the government and health care fraud section in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania office.

In his new position, Pease said he works closely with the company’s head of global compliance to assess its compliance programs.

The cases Pease supervised at the U.S. Attorney’s office include:

  • An investigation of Synthes Inc. which led to prison sentences for three executives convicted in connection with unlawful clinical trials of bone cement used in vertebral compression fractures. The executives were charged under the so-called Park doctrine, or Responsible Corporate Officer doctrine, which holds executives responsible for the actions of the companies they lead, even if they didn’t know about the alleged misconduct. Synthes also pleaded guilty.
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  • A settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation over allegations it had illegally promoted drugs including its Trileptal epilepsy medication for unapproved uses, such as bipolar disorder and neuropathic pain. Novartis agreed to pay $422 million to settle criminal and civil charges spurred by a whistleblower lawsuit.
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  • The conviction of ¬†Dr. Joseph Kubacki, former chairman of the Temple University Hospital Ophthalmology Department and assistant dean of Temple’s medical school, on 150 counts of health care fraud. Kubacki was sentenced to 87 months in prison.
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