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GSK To Pay $3 Billion for Healthcare Fraud

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Nicholas Wills5 years ago

In the largest healthcare fraud settlement in U.S. history, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will pay $3 billion to the states and the Federal Government.

GSK is paying $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations arising from its unlawful marketing of certain drugs. GSK has been allegedly marketing certain drugs for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

GSK’s Fraudulent Marketing

According to the states and the Federal Government, since 1998, GSK has been engaged in a series of misleading and dangerous marketing practices. The Assistant Attorney General of Vermont reported that GSK has allegedly marketed the following off-label uses:

  • Paxil for use by children and adolescents;
  • Advair for first-line use for asthma;
  • Wellbutrin for sexual dysfunction, weight loss, and higher-than-approved dosages;
  • The seizure medication Lamictal for bipolar depression, neuropathic pain, and other psychiatric conditions;
  • The drug Zofran for pregnancy-related nausea.

Illegal Activities by GSK

Not only has GSK unlawfully marketed particular drugs for off-label uses, but GSK has also engaged in the following illegal activities, according to attorney general reports:

  • Offering kickbacks to encourage healthcare officials to prescribe Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictan, Zofran, Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent, and Valtrex.
  • Making false representations regarding Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal, Zofran, and Avandia;
  • Underpaying rebates owed to Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs;
  • Introducing drugs into interstate commerce without proper labeling;
  • Not reporting clinical data about Avandia to the FDA.

    • Avandia is a diabetes medication that has been linked to more than 100,000 heart attacks, strokes, deaths and heart failures since it was introduced in 1999.
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