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Sheller, P.C. Law Firm Instrumental in Pfizer's $2.3 Billion Settlement Today in Largest Pharmaceutical Whistleblower Case in History
Date:9/2/2009

Includes Allegations of Illicitly Promoting Antibiotic As Clinically Superior When Its Own FDA-Approved Label Said Otherwise; First-Ever Qui Tam Whistleblower Settlement of Its Type

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pfizer Inc. ignored a 2005 FDA Warning Letter to stop promoting its antibiotic Zyvox(R) as clinically superior to the significantly less expensive, generic vancomycin when its own FDA-approved label indicated otherwise. The drug giant also defrauded federal and state taxpayers by marketing Zyvox off-label, according to a qui tam whistleblower complaint filed by Philadelphia law firm Sheller, P.C. and other documents unsealed with today's $2.3 billion Pfizer settlement.

The $2.3 billion settlement included off-label marketing allegations for the withdrawn arthritis drug Bextra(R), which was included in the Sheller complaint. Zyvox (linezolid) is an antibacterial agent that is approved by the FDA to treat certain types of infections, including nosocomial pneumonia and complicated skin and skin structure infections ("CSSSIs") due to Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ("MRSA"). Worldwide sales of Zyvox totaled $1.115 billion in 2008.

The largest pharmaceutical qui tam whistleblower settlement in history, the $2.3 billion settlement was announced today by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Stephen A. Sheller, Esq., named partner of the Philadelphia firm earlier this year, represented a relator, the legal term for a whistleblower, in the largest single-drug whistleblower case in U.S. history when Eli Lilly & Company paid $1.4 billion to settle Zyprexa(R) off-label marketing allegations. The Sheller firm's lawyers have previously represented several other whistleblowers in successful lawsuits.

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