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Major Drug Company to Pay at Least $1.5 Billion Over Fraudulent Risperdal Marketing

Major Drug Company to Pay at Least $1.5 Billion Over Fraudulent Risperdal Marketing

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  • Johnson & Johnson’s illegal marketing of the drug Risperdal for unapproved uses is set to cost them at least $1.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, and sources say the final amount could end up exceeding $2 billion
  • Risperdal was heavily promoted for unproven off-label uses for more than a decade, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings against the misleading claims
  • Another drug company is also in the hot seat, as advocacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Merck’s marketing campaign for the over-the counter allergy drug Grape-Flavored Children’s Claritin, which uses characters from the animated movie Madagascar 3
  • When it comes to making money, many industries throw ethics and integrity out the window, so keep your eyes wide open when making choices about medications, and even foods, for yourself and your family

By Dr. Mercola

Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) agreed to pay more than $1 billion in a civil settlement involving fraudulent marketing of their antipsychotic drug Risperdal – but federal prosecutors decided to hold out for more.


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