After a big U.S. Justice Department settlement--after the speeches, the press releases, the commentary--attention invariably turns to the people who first blew the whistle. It's no different in the case of Johnson & Johnson, which this week announced a $2.2 billion settlement and misdemeanor plea in a longstanding probe of its Risperdal marketing.
Johnson & Johnson has finally made a deal with the Justice Department. The Big Pharma giant agreed to pay $2.2 billion and plead guilty to a misdemeanor to wrap up a long-standing probe into its marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
In recent months, Johnson & Johnson has had to recall three different products. But in one positive turn, the company is being allowed to restart production at a baby powder plant in Mumbai, India, that was closed by regulators in June.
It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Johnson & Johnson. After recently recalling some 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants' Drops, Wednesday the company announced its second recall in as many weeks, this time for a schizophrenia drug.
Watchdogs worried about antipsychotic use in children now have more ammo. A new study links the drugs with Type 2 diabetes. Published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, the study found a threefold increase in diabetes risk for kids who take antipsychotic drugs compared with those taking other psychotropic drugs.
If you don't succeed in court, try the FDA. That's the approach of a Philadelphia lawyer who wants to make some Risperdal data public, but is barred from doing so by a federal judge's order.
The Arkansas Supreme Court is the epicenter of the latest episode in Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal saga. J&J is appealing the $1.2 billion fine in a Medicaid fraud case, in which a jury found the company had downplayed Risperdal's risks and marketed it for off-label uses.
Johnson & Johnson has been negotiating terms of a multibillion dollar settlement over aggressive marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal with federal authorities for at least two years, and now it is hung on talk over breasts, The Wall Street Journal says.
South Carolina Circuit Judge Roger Couch took a particularly creative approach when he levied a $327 million penalty against Johnson & Johnson in the state's Risperdal case.
Another Big Pharma CEO faces the prospect of appearing before a jury to testify in defense of a drug that has been called dangerous.