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FDA Announces Results of Investigation Into Illegal Promotion of,OxyContin by The Purdue Frederick Company, Inc.

guilty to a felony count of misbranding a drug with intent to defraud and mislead. As part of the plea, Purdue will pay a $600 million settlement. That amount includes a criminal fine, restitution to government agencies, and over $276 million in forfeiture. In a separate civil settlement, Purdue will pay $100.6 million to the United States.

In addition, Purdue's current and former executive employees, Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Dr. Paul Goldenheim, pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation of misbranding OxyContin by illegally promoting the drug as being less addictive, less subject to abuse, and less likely to cause tolerance and withdrawal than other pain medications.

This case was prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and investigated by FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations; the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General; and the State Police Departments of Virginia and West Virginia. This case serves as an excellent example of federal and state law enforcement cooperation.


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