Sleep apnea company pays $37.5M to settle kickback lawsuits

A Resmed CPAP machine. Photo courtesy U.S. Veteran's Administration.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - ResMed, a San Diego-based company that sells sleep apnea machines, will pay $37.5 million to settle allegations that it provided kickbacks to obtain customer referrals.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Wednesday.

Five lawsuits filed by whistleblowers on behalf of the federal government say ResMed illegally supplied free services and equipment to medical equipment suppliers, sleep labs and other health care providers to get customer referrals.

The company denies breaking any laws and says it acted in good faith with patients.

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