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Risperdal Lawsuits: $2.2 Billion Settlement Between Federal Government, Johnson & Johnson Over Alleged Illegal Marketing of Risperdal, Other Medications
Date:11/5/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 05, 2013

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle charges with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over the alleged illegal marketing of Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor, Alonso Krangle LLP reports. In a press release issued today, the DOJ called the pact one of the largest ever reached to settle allegations of healthcare fraud.
(justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/November/13-ag-1170.html, DOJ, November 4, 2013)

According to the DOJ’s press release, the charges covered in the settlement announced today include allegations that the company misbranded Risperdal for uses not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), including treating elderly patients with dementia and children. Risperdal has never been approved to treat dementia in the elderly, and was only approved for certain pediatric uses in 2006. The DOJ also charged that Johnson & Johnson paid kickbacks to physicians and to Omnicare Inc., the largest pharmacy for nursing homes to drive sales of the antipsychotic drugs, Risperdal and Invega.

“These companies lined their pockets at the expense of the American taxpayers, patients and the private insurance industry,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said during a news conference to announce the settlement. He also asserted that Johnson & Johnson “recklessly put at risk the health of some of the most vulnerable members of our society -- including young children, the elderly, and the disabled,” according to a transcript posted on the DOJ website.
(justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2013/ag-speech-131104.html, DOJ November 4, 2013)

Johnson & Johnson is currently facing hundreds of

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