Johnson and Johnson Pays out in Texas Law Suit

Kristen Sparrow • January 20, 2012

This to be tossed into the “Corruption” file, or the “Follow the Money” file. I guess they’re sort of one in the same, except the “Corruption” file contains those who have been caught.

January 19, 2012
J. & J. to Pay $158 Million to End Suit Filed by Texas

Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday that it would pay $158 million to settle a Texas lawsuit accusing the drug maker of improperly marketing its Risperdal antipsychotic drug to state residents on the Medicaid health program for the poor, including children.

The lawsuit accuses the company of pushing Risperdal as “appropriate and safe to treat a broad range of symptoms in populations and disease states for which it had no F.D.A.-approved indication, including in the child and adolescent population…”

“Johnson & Johnson’s scheme to profit from the Medicaid program by overstating the safety and effectiveness of an expensive drug and improperly influencing officials ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars,” Texas’s attorney general, Greg Abbott, said in a statement...
The company is in various stages of litigation with several other states.

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