Court dismisses Amgen off-label case

No one can toss around off-label marketing claims but the FDA. At least that's the upshot of a San Francisco federal court's decision to throw out a lawsuit against Amgen alleging improper promotion of two of its drugs.

Seven health plans had sued the drugmaker, alleging that the company had pushed off-label uses of its anemia meds Epogen and Aranesp. The two meds are approved to treat anemia in patients with kidney disease and cancer patients taking chemotherapy.

But the court was unsympathetic. In dismissing the case, the court said that it amounted to an improper attempt to privately enforce the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. Make your case to government regulators, the court said. Dismissed!

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