GlaxoSmithKline Will Pay Largest Settlement in History

The $3 billion decision is the largest in U.S. history

CBS’s 60 Minutes reports “The US government is calling it the biggest case of healthcare fraud in American history. The British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline is accused of withholding important safety information about the diabetes drug Avandia [rosiglitazone] and illegally promoting two other drugs for unapproved uses.”

NBC Nightly News (7/2, story 4, 2:00, Williams) reported, “At the launch of asthma drug Advair prosecutors say global drug giant GlaxoSmithKline pushed the sales force to push hard even for uses not Federally approved. Today the company admitted its sales force bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs by offering such incentives as Hawaiian vacations and tickets to Madonna concerts.”

Major coverage in:

The New York Times, LA Times  and USA Today

ABC World News (7/2, story 4, 2:15, Muir) reported, “The goal to rev up sales as part of what prosecutors say was a culture of greed where patient safety took a back seat to profit. The government claims GSK engaged in an illegal marketing campaign where drugs were promoted for disorders where there was no medical evidence they would help. Allegations of promoting the drug Paxil for treating depression in patients under age 18 even though the FDA’s has never approved it for kids.”

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