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Grant & Eisenhofer Represents Whistleblowers in Justice Dept. $257 Million Civil Settlement with Wyeth over Unlawful Marketing of Rapamune
Date:7/30/2013

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading whistleblower law firm Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. represented two key whistleblowers behind a $257.4 million settlement announced today between drugmaker Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Pfizer, and the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from alleged marketing abuses of Wyeth's powerful immunosuppressant drug Rapamune. The case was originally brought by Grant & Eisenhofer clients Marlene Sandler and Scott Paris, both of whom were sales representatives for the company.

Today's blockbuster settlement of the whistleblower case was originally panned by the Justice Department, but raised the ire of a Congressional oversight committee in 2010. 

The case, filed under seal in 2005 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, led to an investigation by the Justice Department and multiple states into abusive marketing practices related to Rapamune, which is primarily approved by the FDA for individuals following kidney transplants to help the body prevent organ rejection.  On Dec.3, 2006, the DOJ filed a formal notice with the Eastern District declining to intervene in the case.

Grant & Eisenhofer continued to move forward with the case, and filed an amended complaint on behalf of the whistleblowers on May 24, 2010  ─ which spurred a formal inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, then chaired by U.S. Representative Edolphus Towns.

On Sept.21, 2010, the Justice Department intervened in the case and transferred it to the U.S. the District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, where an investigation was initiated with regard to claims brought by a third whistleblower.


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