13 November 2013

Johnson & Johnson illegally paid doctors and pharmacies kickbacks to promote prescription drugs for “unapproved uses”

Johnson & Johnson illegally paid doctors and pharmacies kickbacks to promote prescription drugs for “unapproved uses”

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to settle criminal and civil claims that it marketed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal and other medications for off-label uses and paid kickbacks to a large pharmacy, the Justice Department said Monday.

The agreement, one of the largest health care fraud settlements in history, largely centered on Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug that Johnson & Johnson marketed to treat elderly dementia patients, as well as children with behavioral problems. The civil settlement also resolved claims related to a similar antipsychotic drug, Invega, as well as heart medication Natrecor.

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