Attorneys General charge that GlaxoSmithKline illegally promoted medications;
Biden secures more than $1 million for Delaware
DOVER – Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and 44 of his colleagues announced a $105 million settlement today with GlaxoSmithKline to resolve claims that the pharmaceutical giant unlawfully marketed asthma and anti-depressant medications.
The Attorneys General allege that GlaxoSmithKline unlawfully promoted its asthma drug, Advair, and antidepressant drugs, Paxil and Wellbutrin by misrepresenting the uses and qualities of these drugs. In Delaware, such conduct falls under the Consumer Fraud Act, which is enforced by Biden’s Consumer Protection Unit. Delaware’s share of the settlement will be $1.015 million.
On top of the $105 million, the settlement also requires the company to make significant changes in its marketing efforts that will ultimately benefit consumer. Specifically, GlaxoSmithKline shall not:
The settlement also requires GlaxoSmithKline to continue its Patient First Program at least through March 2019. The Patient First Program reduces financial incentives for sales representatives to engage in deceptive marketing. In addition, the company will be required to scientifically trained personnel to be ultimately responsible for developing and approving responses to health care provider questions and for these responses to be unbiased and non-promotional.
The Attorneys General in Oregon and Illinois led the investigation. In addition to Delaware, other participating states were: Alabama, Arizona , Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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