Teva to Pay $27.6M to Settle Clozapine False Claims Lawsuit

Kermit Cole
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Teva Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $27 million to settle federal and state accusation of false claims regarding the antipsychotic Clozapine, and payments made to an Illinois physician to under a “consulting contract.” “Pharmaceutical companies must not be allowed to improperly influence physicians’ decisions in prescribing medication for their patients,” said the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Teva to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Improper Payment Allegations (Wall Street Journal)
Teva agrees to pay $27.6 million to resolve US improper payment allegations (First Word Pharma)
Teva to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Improper Payment Allegations NASDAQ.com
Pharmaceutical Company to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Allegations Involving False Billings to Federal Health Care Programs (eNews Park Forest)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

3 COMMENTS

  1. CEO’s and decision makers in these drug companies need to start going to prison for these kinds of things. Instead, they’re slapped on the hand and fined what seems to be a large amount of money but is paid for easily due to the huge profits made from these toxic drugs. I would also hope that this particular “doctor” will have his liscense taken from him so that he can no longer practice. He broke the first law of medicine, “First do no harm.”

  2. This is an eye opening blog post I came across that captures the mindset of some of the lawyers who represent Big Pharma. It celebrates a judicial opinion throwing out a plaintiff’s case alleging that Zyprexa caused him to suffer from TD. The author’s tone is dismissive, mocking and, just, ugly. Evidently Eli Lilly’s lawyers were successfully able to convince the court that the research on the relationship between neuroleptics and TD is basically junk science, and that drug labels say all that they need to say about TD.

    http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2014/03/eighth-circuit-zyprexa-decision-applies.html