Big Pharma behaving badly (page 2)

With: Twenty-three states
When: Jan. 7, 2010
Scoop: In a case involving 23 different states, Abbott Laboratories and its partner, Fournier Industrie et Sante, were ordered to pay $22.5 million for blocking the states from obtaining a cheaper alternative for its cholesterol drug, TriCor.

Eli Lilly
With: Connecticut
When: Sept. 29, 2009
Scoop: Thirteen states total had filed suit against Eli Lilly for Zyprexa marketing issues, but the company was ordered to pay $25 million to Connecticut in this ruling.

Eli Lilly
With: West Virginia Attorney General
When: August 21, 2009
Scoop: In another Zyprexa case, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw levied $2 billion in fines against Eli Lilly. As the motion put it, "At $5,000 per violation, therefore, the State is attempting to fine Lilly approximately $2 billion for use of a product label that was approved by the FDA." In the end, the company agreed to $22.5 million in fines.

With: 35 states' attorney offices
When: July 15, 2009
Scoop: Merck escaped relatively unscathed from 35 state investigations against the Enhance study of Vytorin, only paying $5.4 million without admitting fault in the cases.

With: Department of Justice
When: May 28, 2009
Scoop: In an agreement with the federal government, Sanofi paid $95.5 million total, doled out to the feds, state Medicaid agencies and other public health service agencies, all for its subsidiary Aventis' nasal spray price inflation between 1995 and 2000.

With: U.S. Attorney's office in Colorado
When: Jan. 29, 2009
Scoop: After seven years of off-label promotion on nine of its best-selling drugs, GSK was ordered to pay $400 million to the U.S. Attorney's office in Colorado.

With: Department of Justice
When: Jan. 26, 2009
Scoop: Right after acquiring Wyeth, Pfizer dropped a bombshell in its fourth quarter earnings report; the company was charged $2.3 billion, the largest fine levied on our list, for off-label promotions of its COX-2 drugs. That settlement lowered the company's 2008 net income by 90 percent.

Eli Lilly
With: Department of Justice
When: Jan. 15, 2009
Scoop: In the first Zyprexa settlement (and one of three on our list), the Department of Justice levied $1.4 billion in fines against Eli Lilly. Also, as part of the settlement, the company pled guilty to a misdemeanor: violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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