North Carolina will receive nearly $722,000 from a settlement reached between attorneys general from nine states and a web-based health records company.
According to state Attorney General Josh Stein’s office, the settlement resolves allegations that Practice Fusion accepted payments between 2013 and 2017 from some drug manufacturers in exchange for using its software to promote their drugs to physicians.
The attorneys general alleged that through its electronic health records platform, Practice Fusion officials provided what appeared to be unbiased medical information to physicians, that was in actuality meant to sway them to prescribe specific drugs to increase sales for certain drug manufacturers.
"Health care providers and patients need to be able to make treatment decisions based on information that is medically sound, not designed to increase companies' profits," Stein said in a release.
The investigation of the company’s practices was conducted by the U.S. Justice Department. The total settlement reached with Practice Fusion was nearly $120 million.