Former gynecologist accused of taking pharma kickbacks says she was unfairly targeted

A former Massachusetts gynecologist accused of taking kickbacks from Warner Chilcott says she was targeted by federal officials because she is an Indian woman, according to

Rita Luthra, M.D., the former director of the Women's Health & Education Center at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, said she was unfairly targeted by the government. Luthra had been practicing medicine for more than 30 years, and was a former liaison to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, but prosecutors alleged she took more than $23,000 from the pharmaceutical company to push several osteoporosis drugs. In October, Warner Chilcott paid $125 million to settle claims the it provided kickbacks to physicians, and federal officials charged the company's president, Carl Reichel, with orchestrating the scheme. Article  

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