Express Scripts will pay $60 million to end allegations by The Department of Justice that it participated in a kickback scheme with Novartis that caused federal health care programs to pay for a medicine based on false claims.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that Novartis offered patient referrals to Accredo Health Group, which is a specialty pharmacy run by Express Scripts, in exchange for bolstering refills of Exjade, a drug used for reducing excess iron in patients who undergo blood transfusions, says the documents filed in federal court in New York.

As a result of the arrangement,  Medicare, Medicaid and other programs were defrauded, according to the documents.