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    Report: Drug company faked cancer patients to sell drug

    By Aaron M. Kessler
    Updated 9:02 PM ET, Wed September 6, 2017

    Washington (CNN)When Insys Therapeutics got approval to sell an ultra-powerful opioid for cancer patients with acute pain in 2012, it soon discovered a problem: finding enough cancer patients to use the drug.

    To boost sales, the company allegedly took patients who didn't have cancer and made it look like they did.

    The drug maker used a combination of tactics, such as falsifying medical records, misleading insurance companies and providing kickbacks to doctors in league with the company, according to a federal indictment and ongoing congressional investigation by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri.

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    So Insys set up an elaborate charade -- with employees that pretended to be doctors' offices -- to fool insurance companies into approving the drug, according to the Senate report.

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