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Pharma Fined 14 Billion Dollars in 5 Years https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/bigpharma

“From 1991 through 2015, a total of 373 settlements were reached between the federal and state governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers, for a total of $35.7 billion. Of these, 140 were federal settlements, for $31.9 billion, and 233 were state settlements, for $3.8 billion.” https://www.citizen.org/wp-content/uploads/migration/2311.pdf

Purdue OxyContin settlement would rank among largest in pharma history https://www.reuters.com/article/us-purdue-pharma-settlement-history-fact/purdue-oxycontin-settlement-would-rank-among-largest-in-pharma-history-idUSKCN1VW2KL

Opioid Scandal Haunts Drug Companies As They Respond To Pandemic https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/08/10/900854967/opioid-scandal-haunts-drug-companies-as-they-respond-to-pandemic

Iraq war victims allege pharmaceutical companies’ bribery led to U.S. troop deaths https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/17/iraq-war-victims-allege-pharmaceutical-companies-bribery-led-u-s-troop-deaths/771290001/

AstraZeneca

Drug Giant AstraZeneca to Pay $520 Million to Settle Fraud Case https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Health/astrazeneca-pay-520-million-illegally-marketing-seroquel-schizophrenia/story?id=10488647

AstraZeneca takes $6m hit after ‘faking conferences’ to bribe doctors https://www.standard.co.uk/business/astrazeneca-takes-6m-hit-after-faking-conferences-to-bribe-doctors-a3333166.html

Johnson & Johnson

Court Documents: Johnson & Johnson Was ‘Kingpin’ In Opioid Epidemic And Targeted Children, Elderly With Marketing https://khn.org/morning-breakout/court-documents-johnson-johnson-was-kingpin-in-opioid-epidemic-and-targeted-children-elderly-with-marketing/

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion to end U.S. drug probes https://www.reuters.com/article/us-jnj-settlement/johnson-johnson-said-to-pay-2-2-billion-to-end-u-s-marketing-probes-idUSBRE9A30MM20131104

”…the company (J&J) knew there was asbestos in products aimed at mothers and babies, knew of the potential harm and “misrepresented the safety of these products for decades.” https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/johnson-johnson-asks-high-court-void-2b-talc-77997067

$750 million: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay in baby powder case https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national/750-million-johnson-johnson-ordered-pay-baby-powder-case/UXrlMgzhabcri6eym3bsGP/

Johnson & Johnson to pay $572m for fueling Oklahoma opioid crisis, judge rules https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/26/johnson-and-johnson-opioid-crisis-ruling-responsibility-oklahoma-latest

Johnson & Johnson settles Ohio lawsuits to avoid federal trial https://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-opioid-ohio-idUSKBN1WH00F

J&J unit to pay $360 million to U.S. to resolve charity kickback probe https://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-settlement-idUSKBN1O51XB

Pfizer

Pfizer accuses Johnson & Johnson of ‘anticompetitive practices’ in lawsuit https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/20/pfizer-accuses-johnson-johnson-anticompetitive-practices-lawsuit/684374001/

Pfizer to pay $2.3 billion, agrees to criminal plea https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-settlement-sb-idUSTRE5813XB20090903

Nigeria sues Pfizer for $7bn over ‘illegal’ tests on children https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/05/health.healthandwellbeing1

“At Pfizer I was expected to increase profits at all costs, even when sales meant endangering lives.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-whistleblower-idUSN021592920090903

Pfizer settles foreign bribery case with U.S. government https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-settlement-idUSBRE8760WM20120807

Pfizer in $486 million settlement of Celebrex, Bextra litigation https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-lawsuit-idUSKCN10D1D8

Pfizer has a policy against ghostwriters, but when it acquired Parke and its Neurontin blockbuster it apparently bought an enthusiastic ghostwriting shop within it.”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/inside-pfizers-ghostwriting-shop-friendly-drug-studies-for-just-1000/#app

Pfizer to Pay $430 Million Fine over Illegal Marketing https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1895708

Pfizer “Bribe” Scandal in Philippines Heats Up; Company Offered Posters to the President https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pfizer-bribe-scandal-in-philippines-heats-up-company-offered-posters-to-the-president/

GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline settles healthcare fraud case for $3 billion https://www.reuters.com/article/us-glaxo-settlement-idUSBRE8610S720120702

Glaxo given ‘serious’ warning on false vaccine information https://www.theguardian.com/business/2004/jul/14/health.medicineandhealth

Glaxo to pay $750 million in adulterated drugs case https://www.reuters.com/article/us-glaxosmithkline-settlement/glaxo-to-pay-750-million-in-adulterated-drugs-case-idUSTRE69P4GH20101027

Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot https://www.reuters.com/article/us-narcolepsy-vaccine-pandemrix-idUSBRE90L07H20130122 “There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Pandemrix increased the occurrence of narcolepsy onset in children in some countries – and probably in most countries,” says Mignot, a specialist in the sleep disorder at Stanford University in the United States.

UK study strengthens link between GSK flu shot and narcolepsy https://www.reuters.com/article/us-flu-gsk-narcolepsy-britain-idUSBRE90U0JW20130131

Chinese police charge British former head of GSK in China with bribery https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-glaxosmithkline/chinese-police-charge-british-former-head-of-gsk-in-china-with-bribery-idUSBREA4D03720140514

Sex video new twist in GSK China bribery scandal https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-gsk-china-idUKKBN0F40YR20140630

Merck

Merck settles Vioxx claims for $4.85 billion https://www.reuters.com/article/us-merck-settlement/merck-settles-vioxx-claims-for-4-85-bln-idUSWNAS178420071109

Merck accused of stonewalling in mumps vaccine antitrust lawsuit https://www.reuters.com/article/health-vaccine-idUSL1N0YQ0W820150604

Former Merck Scientists Sue Merck Alleging MMR Vaccine Efficacy Fraud https://ahrp.org/former-merck-scientists-sue-merck-alleging-mmr-vaccine-efficacy-fraud/

Merck Created Hit List to “Destroy,” “Neutralize” or “Discredit” Dissenting Doctors https://www.cbsnews.com/news/merck-created-hit-list-to-destroy-neutralize-or-discredit-dissenting-doctors/

New Merck Allegations: A Fake Journal; Ghostwritten Studies; Vioxx Pop Songs; PR Execs Harass Reporters https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-merck-allegations-a-fake-journal-ghostwritten-studies-vioxx-pop-songs-pr-execs-harass-reporters/

Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gardasil-researcher-speaks-out/

New Worries About Gardasil Safety https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-worries-about-gardasil-safety/

HPV vaccine is neither safe nor effective https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/readers-respond/bs-ed-vaccine-letter-20150812-story.html

U.S. court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/31/us-court-pays-6-million-gardasil-victims/

Merck to pay $688 million to settle Enhance lawsuits https://www.reuters.com/article/us-merck-settlements-idUSBRE91D0R520130214

Is Merck’s Singulair Patent a Fraud? Suit Lays Out Timeline of Omissions https://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-mercks-singulair-patent-a-fraud-suit-lays-out-timeline-of-omissions/ “Merck deliberately engaged in inequitable and fraudulent conduct in its statements and submissions to the PTO.”

U.S. court upholds dismissal of $200 million Merck verdict against Gilead https://www.reuters.com/article/us-merck-gilead-ruling/us-court-upholds-dismissal-of-200-million-merck-verdict-against-gilead-idUSKBN1HW24U “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a June 2016 ruling that the two Merck patents, which cover methods of treating Hepatitis C, were unenforceable because of a pattern of misconduct by the company, including lying under oath by one of its in-house lawyers.”

Rampant Criminality

How authorities say drugmaker paid off doctors, lied to insurance companies to push potentially lethal fentanyl-based drug https://abcnews.go.com/Business/authorities-drugmaker-paid-off-doctors-lied-insurance-companies/story?id=61488372

Teva settles multibillion-dollar drug kickback case ahead of trial https://www.reuters.com/article/health-teva/teva-settles-multibillion-dollar-drug-kickback-case-ahead-of-trial-idUSL2N25B1NZ

Abbott to pay $1.6 billion for Depakote marketing https://www.reuters.com/article/us-abbott-settlement-idUSBRE8460UK20120507

Eli Lilly to pay $1.42 bln to resolve Zyprexa probes https://www.reuters.com/article/elililly-idUSBNG34185720090115

Cancer drug probe nets $875 million settlement https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2001-10-04-0110040343-story.html

Court approves Amgen’s $762 million payment in drug case https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amgen-plea-marketing-idUSBRE8BI1BT20121219

Allergan signs $750 million settlement with purchasers of Alzheimer’s drug Namenda https://www.reuters.com/article/us-allergan-namenda-settlement/allergan-signs-750-million-settlement-with-purchasers-of-alzheimers-drug-namenda-idUSKBN1YS1C4

AIDS drug maker settles kickback charges for $704 million http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9728522/ns/business-corporate_scandals/t/aids-drug-maker-settles-kickback-charges/

California lawsuit accuses Bristol-Myers Squibb of fraud, kickbacks https://www.latimes.com/health/la-xpm-2011-mar-19-la-fi-drug-kickbacks-20110319-story.html

Ex-pharma CEO pleads guilty to kickbacks to doctors for opioid prescriptions https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/09/ex-pharma-ceo-pleads-guilty-to-kickbacks-to-doctors-for-opioid-prescriptions/

U.S. sues Novartis, alleging kickbacks to pharmacies https://www.reuters.com/article/us-novartis-fraud-lawsuit-idUSBRE93M1C920130424

Baxter admits flu product contained live bird flu virus https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/baxter-admits-flu-product-contained-live-bird-flu-virus-1.374503

Dengue vaccine fiasco leads to criminal charges for researcher in the Philippines https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/dengue-vaccine-fiasco-leads-criminal-charges-researcher-philippines

Charity to pay $4 million to resolve U.S. pharma kickback probe https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-charities-settlement-idUSKBN1XU2MY

New York doctor convicted of taking kickbacks from opioid maker Insys https://www.reuters.com/article/us-insys-opioids-new-york-idUSKBN1Y92Q3

Ex-pharma CEO pleads guilty to kickbacks to doctors for opioid prescriptions https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/09/ex-pharma-ceo-pleads-guilty-to-kickbacks-to-doctors-for-opioid-prescriptions/

Cashing in on dementia patients: drugmaker to pay $116 million in fraud settlement https://kfor.com/2019/09/26/cashing-in-on-dementia-patients-drugmaker-to-pay-116-million-in-fraud-settlement/

Sanofi Pays $25 Million to Settle Bribery Charges https://www.wsj.com/articles/sanofi-pays-25-million-to-settle-bribery-charges-1536081510

Wyeth loses Prempro trial, to pay $1.5 million https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wyeth-prempro-verdict-idUSN2929344620070129 “Wyeth protected their bottom dollar instead of protecting the patients,” Zoe Littlepage, attorney for plaintiff Mary Daniel, said in a statement.”

Zantac and other heartburn drugs recalled over possible cancer link https://www.cbsnews.com/news/zantac-recall-heartburn-drugs-possible-cancer-link/