Amgen "marketed the spread" between the price practices pay for Aranesp and that patients pay as a means of driving sales—to the point of having speakers tell docs that they could make a million more each year by prescribing the Amgen anemia drug over its competitor, Procrit.
GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion to settle state and federal charges that it promoted antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unindicated uses and withheld safety data on diabetes drug Avandia.
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.
Seven large pharmas filed a citizen petition with FDA asking for guidance on communication about off-label uses for products.
AstraZeneca agreed to pay $520 million and enter a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement to settle a federal case against the company for off-label marketing of Seroquel, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services' Healthcare Enforcement Action Team announced.