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Utah to Get Chunk of Drug Settlement

Utah to Get Chunk of Drug Settlement

Posted - May 13, 2004 at 4:18 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, will pay $430-million for making unfounded claims about the drug NeuRONtin, and Utah is getting a chunk of it.

The case involves charges against Warner-Lambert, a company Pfizer acquired four years ago. A whistleblower accused Warner-Lambert of promoting non-approved uses of NeuRONtin, approved as an epilepsy drug.

Warner-Lambert marketed the drug to treat various psychiatric disorders, back pains and headaches-even though the company did not have any scientific evidence backing its use for those ailments.

About 90% of the prescriptions for NeuRONtin were for "off-label" use.

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