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J&J to Pay $2.2B to Settle Allegations Over Its Marketing of Risperdal; Parker Waichman LLP Applauds Efforts of Whistleblowers in Helping Compel Resolution
Date:11/5/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) November 05, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals against fraud, extols the successful efforts of several whistleblowers who filed lawsuits that helped spur global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its Janssen subsidiary to pay more than $2.2 billion to settle allegations related to the off-label marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and two other drugs, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release issued today. A Nov. 4 Bloomberg report noted that J&J’s Janssen unit will plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge for its off-label marketing of Risperdal; that is, the company’s efforts to promote Risperdal for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Janssen settled civil claims for the off-label marketing of Risperdal to the elderly, children and the mentally disabled, as well as for paying kickbacks to Omnicare Inc., the largest nursing home pharmacy operation, the Bloomberg article noted, adding that civil claims include the off-label marketing of another anti-psychotic drug, Invega, as well as the heart drug Natrecor.

Janssen “accepts accountability” for the actions described in the misdemeanor plea, J&J noted in a statement, as reported by Bloomberg, but added that the settling of the civil allegations “is not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing, and the company expressly denies the government’s civil allegations.”

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