The company will shell out $2.2 billion over allegations of marketing misconduct for Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor.
The Swiss drug maker is defending itself against two civil fraud lawsuits filed within a week of each other.
Seven years after the biggest drug safety scandal since thalidomide was found to cause birth defects, Merck and the Justice Department announced a nearly $1 billion settlement of litigation over Vioxx, the Cox-2 pain drug found to cause strokes and heart attacks.
Novartis's recent off-label settlement with the Department of Justice -- to the tune of $422 million -- also included the signing of a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) requiring the Swiss-based manufacturer to review incentive-based compensation for reps, and to examine "the extent to which compensation is based on product performance," according to the CIA.
As part of an $81 million off-label settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OMJPI) sales reps will be buddied up with internal compliance monitors tasked with observing and reporting the rep's behavior out in the field.
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