Failure to Report Avandia Safety Data and Illegal Promotion of Paxil and Wellbutrin Costs GSK $3 Billion
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07/03/2012 - On July 2, 2012, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to the largest-ever U.S. settlement involving healthcare fraud. GSK agreed to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil claims that it failed to provide regulators with information regarding the risk of congestive heart failure and heart attack associated with the diabetes drug Avandia. (http://www.justice.gov/opa/documents/gsk/avandia-agreement.pdf)
This settlement also includes resolution of the claim that GSK promoted Paxil for the treatment of depression in patients under the age of 18 through sales calls, spa programs, a “false and misleading” medical journal article and “lavish weekend conferences, even though it was only FDA approve for adult uses.
Lastly this settlement resolves the claim that GSK promoted Wellbutrin for unapproved uses including weight loss, sexual dysfunction and substance abuse. “While the settlement amount is high, it still appears to be a mere ‘slap on the wrist’ when you consider the total amount of money GSK made on these drugs. Meanwhile, taking Avandia cost some of my clients their lives,” commented attorney David Ennis of Ennis & Ennis, P.A.
Some civil claims wherein plaintiffs allege that Avandia caused heart attack, stroke and/or congestive heart failure are still pending. It’s not too late to file a claim. If you or a loved one has suffered any of these side effects while, or shortly after, taking Avandia, contact Ennis & Ennis, P.A. for a FREE nationwide confidential consultation toll free at 1-800-856-6405 or complete an online case evaluation form on this page.
Ennis & Ennis, P.A. is a nationwide law firm with offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Washington D.C. that concentrates its practice in mass torts and represents individuals against pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers.
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