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Law Firm Freedland Russo Spearheads Record-Setting Whistleblower Case Against Pharmaceutical Giant Eli Lilly -- Firm Expands Offices to Include L.A. Entertainment Branch
Date:1/16/2009

Florida based law firm of Freedland Russo publicly revealed the law firm that initiated the nation's largest federal whistleblower case to date, which was unsealed in Philadelphia on Thursday, January 15. As part of a settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eli Lilly & Company will pay out $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines related to its illegal and fraudulent marketing of the highly profitable prescription drug Zyprexa.

West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) January 16, 2009 -- The Weston-based law firm of Freedland Russo publicly revealed that it was the law firm that initiated the nation's largest federal whistleblower case to date, which was unsealed in Philadelphia on Thursday, January 15. As part of a settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eli Lilly & Company will pay out $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines related to its illegal and fraudulent marketing of the highly profitable prescription drug Zyprexa, said firm partner Michael Freedland.

In 2003, six former employees of Eli Lilly contacted a lawyer at the firm and exposed the fact that the company was heavily promoting a popular anti-psychotic medication called Zyprexa, for off-label uses, or uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. By law, doctors can prescribe drugs for off-label uses, but pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to market and promote such uses. According to the firm's whistleblower lawsuit, Eli Lilly schemed to persuade doctors to prescribe Zyprexa to unruly nursing home patients to sedate them, knowing full well the drug was not FDA approved for that purpose. The lawsuit alleged Eli Lilly defrauded the federal government and state governments because Medicare and Medicaid routinely reimburse patients for Zyprexa. Zyprexa has produced billions in sales since it was approved in 1996, making it one of the top selling drugs worldwide according to published reports. Federal investigato
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