Eli Lilly is close to settling another slate of Zyprexa marketing cases. According to the company's quarterly report, it's in "advanced discussions" with attorneys general investigating the company for off-label promotions of the antipsychotic drug. Lilly took a $105 million charge against earnings in anticipation of a settlement, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports.
This settlement would be the latest in a series. Lilly's marketing practices on Zyprexa have drawn scrutiny from states and the feds. Some of those probes were settled earlier this year when Lilly agreed to pay $1.42 billion to the U.S. Justice Department and a number of states. Previously, the company had pledged to pay $1.2 billion to plaintiffs in liability suits, and another $77 million or so to 33 states, including Alaska.
All of that together, however, doesn't equal what Lilly makes in a single year on Zyprexa; last year sales amounted to $4.7 billion, or 23 percent of the company's revenues.
Twelve state Zyprexa lawsuits remain outstanding, a spokesman told the Health Blog, and this latest settlement effort would wrap up a "subset" of that number. Stay tuned for details.
- read the Health Blog post