Risks To The Heart And Stomach
The company still hopes that the drug may be re-introduced but the FDA said its risks to the heart and stomach outweighed potential benefits. Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiary, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc., have agreed to pay a record-setting $2.3 billion to settle claims arising from the illegal marketing of some drugs. According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company has also agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation regarding off-label promotions of the painkiller Bextra.
As we’ve reported previously, doctors may prescribe Food & Drug Administration-approved medicines any way they see fit. But companies are legally barred from promoting unapproved, or so-called off-label, uses. According to the Justice Department press release, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company will pay a criminal fine of $1.195 billion, the largest criminal fine ever imposed in the United States for any matter, for the Bextra promotions.
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