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The US Department of Justice announced today that Merck, Sharp & Dohme will plead guilty to illegal promotion of Vioxx (rofecoxib) and will pay a $950 million in fines and penalties to the US government and individual states. Read Further …
GlaxoSmithkline to pay $3bn in US drug fraud scandal
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is to pay $3bn (£1.9bn) in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history.
The drug giant is to plead guilty to promoting two drugs for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The settlement will cover criminal fines as well as civil settlements with the federal and state governments.
Michelle Fleury reports.
Pfizer fined $2.3 billion for illegal marketing in off-label drug case
ByRita Rubin, USA TODAY
September 3, 2009, 7:45 AM
In the largest health care fraud settlement in history, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must pay $2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company illegally promoted uses of four of its drugs, including the painkiller Bextra, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil investigations.
Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 4, 2013
Allegations Include Off-label Marketing and Kickbacks to Doctors and Pharmacists
WASHINGTON – Global health care giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor, including promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy provider. The global resolution is one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, including criminal fines and forfeiture totaling $485 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totaling $1.72 billion.
Abbott Lab to pay $1.5 billion to resolve criminal and civil investigations of Off-Label promotions of Depakote.
Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 7, 2012
Company Maintained Specialized Sales Force to Market Drug for Off Label Purposes; Targeted Elderly Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes
Global Health Care Company Abbott Laboratories Inc. has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1.5 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of the prescription drug Depakote for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Justice Department announced today. The resolution – the second largest payment by a drug company – includes a criminal fine and forfeiture totaling $700 million and civil settlements with the federal government and the states totaling $800 million. Abbott also will be subject to court-supervised probation and reporting obligations for Abbott’s CEO and Board of Directors.
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The history of Pfizer & legal claims
25 years ago, Pfizer sent a team to Nigeria during a meningococcal meningitis outbreak. They conducted an “open label” (unblinded) clinical trial involving 200 children, half of whom were given Pfizer’s new antibiotic Trovan and half of whom received the gold standard treatment, ceftriaxone. Watchdogs noted that Pfizer used substantially lower doses of ceftriaxone to rig the trials in favor of Trovan. 11 Nigerian children died: 5 after receiving Pfizer’s product and 6 after receiving lower-than-normal doses of the older drug.
One 10-year-old girl suffering from meningitis was not taken off experimental Trovan and given standard, proven treatments by Pfizer –when it was clear that her condition was deteriorating.
Pfizer paid the largest fine for health care fraud in American history ($2.3 billion) in 2009 to resolve allegations that it illegally caused false claims to be submitted to the government and paid kickbacks to health care providers to induce them to prescribe their products (see below).
Nearly 3,000 people developed suicidal thoughts and severe psychological disorders after taking Pfizer’s smoking cessation drug, Chantix. Pfizer paid out nearly $300 million to settle those claims.
10,000 women won claims of nearly $1 billion after developing breast cancer linked to Pfizer’s Prempro hormone replacement therapy.
“Pfizer pleaded guilty to misbranding the painkiller Bextra, withdrawn from the market in 2004, by promoting the drug for uses that were not approved by medical regulators.
They also settled civil allegations concerning improper payments to doctors who prescribed nine other pharmaceutical products, although it continues to deny these charges.”
2014 “Pfizer reached a $190 million settlement agreement over claims that it manipulated the drug market to increase prices on its epilepsy drug Neurontin, resolving claims that the drug maker promoted the medication for unapproved uses and engaged in allegedly frivolous lawsuits against generic manufacturers.”
2016 “Pfizer Inc PFE.N on Tuesday said it has reached a $486 million settlement of litigation accusing it of causing big losses for shareholders by concealing safety risks associated with its Celebrex and Bextra pain-relieving drugs.”
Lyrica, a drug manufactured by Pfizer, was initially developed to treat epilepsy. Since that time, it’s been prescribed off-label to treat pain and anxiety — often with disastrous results. In addition to suicidal thoughts, use of Lyrica has been associated with respiratory depression; slowed breathing can be dangerous on its own, and the chance of fatality only increases when the user is elderly, has a pre-existing lung condition, or uses Opioids in combination with Lyrica.
The US Department of Justice fined Pfizer $2.3 billion for breaking the law in how it promoted 4 of its drugs, including Lyrica, in 2009. At the time, the settlement was the largest health care fraud payout in history. To date, it’s the second largest.
The UK Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by the drug company Pfizer over its blockbuster drug pregabalin (Lyrica).
A recent study has linked the anti-seizure drug Lyrica with a tripled increased risk of birth defects when it is used early in pregnancy. About 6% of babies exposed to Lyrica had a heart defect, nervous system defect, or organ defect.
List of largest pharmaceutical settlements – includes Pfizer and others.
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