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Whistleblower's Attorney Says Pfizer's Guilty Plea Today Opens New Chapter on Aggressive Enforcement of Pharma Companies
Date:10/16/2009

hen that first revealed Pfizer's off-label marketing of Bextra. The remainder of the settlement covered five other "qui tam" lawsuits involving different drugs.

It was the largest criminal fine of any kind imposed in the U.S., the largest healthcare fraud settlement and the largest ever civil fraud settlement against a pharmaceutical company.

"The unprecedented size of the fine certainly shows the government is ratcheting up enforcement involving prescription drugs to protect patients and the Medicare program," Kelton said. "This is great news for whistleblowers, the public and the U.S. Treasury."

Kelton noted that today's outcome was possible only through the work of dedicated and talented government attorneys and staff, in particular Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Bloom and Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Poswistilo, both with the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston; Justice Department Trial Attorney Sanjay Bhambhani; and the National Medicaid Fraud Control Units team, headed by Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Robert Patten.

About Phillips & Cohen LLP

Phillips & Cohen LLP is the nation's most successful law firm representing whistleblowers. "Qui tam" lawsuits brought by Phillips & Cohen have resulted in civil and criminal recoveries totaling $5.3 billion. The firm's attorneys are regularly recognized for their successful work on whistleblower cases with inclusion on such select lists as the Top 10 "Winning Attorneys" in the U.S., the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" and the National Law Journal's "Hot List" of plaintiffs' law firms, most recently for 2009.

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