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Boehringer Ingelheim Marketed Drugs for Off-Label Uses

susan_harr4 years ago

Boehringer Ingelheim is just the latest pharmaceutical company to pay millions of dollars to settle allegations of off-label drug marketing schemes.

The Germany-based company has reportedly agreed to pay $95 million over claims that they marketed Aggrenox, Combivent, Atrovent for non-FDA approved uses and promoted Micardis at unapproved doses.

Aggrenox, Combivent, Atrovent, and Micardis


  • Approved to prevent secondary strokes.
  • Marketed off-label for myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease.


  • Approved to treat bronchospasm in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Marketed off-label for use prior to using a bronchodilator.


  • Approved to treat high blood pressure.
  • Marketed off-label for treatment of early diabetic kidney disease.


  • Approved to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Promoted at doses higher than those covered by federal health care programs.

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