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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

The settlement agreement notes the broad scope of Wyeth's alleged unlawful marketing of Rapamune for well over a decade, spanning from September 1999 to December 2011:

Wyeth (a) knowingly promoted the sale and use of Rapamune for uses for which it had not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including for use in connection with solid organ transplant patients other than kidney transplant patients, which were not medically-accepted indications (as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 1396r-8(k)(6)), and were not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other Federal health care programs; and (b) knowingly promoted the sale and use of Rapamune in treatment regimens that had not been approved by the FDA including the use of Rapamune with transplant patients who used another immunosuppressant drug before using Rapamune and the use of Rapamune in combination with certain types of products other than cyclosporine and corticosteroids. 

Ms. Sandler and Mr. Paris were represented by Grant & Eisenhofer director Reuben Guttman and Senior Counsel Traci Buschner.  Mr. Guttman is one of the country's preeminent whistleblower lawyers, having representing individuals in some of the largest pharmaceutical and financial services cases on record.

"Pfizer subsidiary Wyeth joins a parade of other pharma giants to plead guilty and pay significant penalties for unlawfully marketing their drugs," said Mr. Guttman. "The abuses related to illicit marketing of Rapamune paint a disturbing portrait. Wyeth leadership placed a highly vulnerable patient population at serious health risk.  Exposing those whom drug makers have pledged to heal to increased risk merits immediate congressional oversight.  Hopefully, the settlement will prompt Congress to take action."

Mr. Guttman continued: "Over the past five years, at least half a dozen pharma giants have paid fines for con
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