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The Lap-Bands Allergan sold allegedly had defective access ports used in the implantation process on the patient. The Lap-Bands Allergan sold allegedly had defective access ports used in the implantation process on the patient. (Photo: Shutterstock)

New Jersey-based Allergan Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve allegations the company knowingly sold defective Lap-Bands to health care professionals for use in procedures to assist patients with weight loss, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced.

In a separate settlement agreement, Allergan agreed to pay $3.5 million to the federal government for similar allegations involving Medicare fraud. The company does not admit wrongdoing in either settlement.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected]

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