Oregon will receive $633,000 as part of a multi-state $33 million agreement with Pfizer Inc. to settle allegations that the pharmaceutical giant illegally marketed its drugs.
The settlement, announced today by state Attorney General John Kroger, comes on top of a separate deal announced earlier this month by the federal government in which Pfizer pleaded guilty to illegally marketing its painkiller Bextra for uses that were unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To settle that and other claims, the company is paying a record $2.3 billion — with $4.9 million going to Oregon’s Medicaid program.
Today’s announcement resolves the state’s consumer protection suit against Pfizer, said state justice department spokesman Tony Green. The state’s share will go into Oregon’s consumer protection fund.
Oregon and 42 other states accused Pfizer of marketing an adult-schizophrenia drug, Geodon, for children and for uses that had not been approved by the FDA.
READ – John Kroger’s press release on Oregon’s portion of Pfizer settlement, 9 15 09
READ – Pfizer to pay record $2.3 billion penalty over Bextra promotions, AP
READ – Pfizer Settlement Will Include Almost $5 Million For Oregon for Bextra, OPB.org
READ – Pfizer Got NAMI To Pimp For Geodon, Paid For Docs’ Helicopter Flights, FuriousSeasons.com
READ – Pfizer Turned NAMI Into “Trojan Horse” to Push Geodon Off-Label to Kids, Suit Claims, BNET.net