Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Another State Sues On Anti-Psychotics

9 states have sued Eli Lilly regarding Zyprexa - Alaska, Louisiana,Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.
6 states have sued Janssen regarding Risperdal - Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvana
3 states have sued AstraZeneca regarding Seroquel - Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

The Helena Independent Record in Montana broke this story: State AG sues two drug companies on February 22, 2008, By CHARLES S. JOHNSON

Attorney General Mike McGrath has sued two national pharmaceutical companies and accused them of manufacturing certain prescription drugs that were "in defective condition and unreasonably dangerous."
McGrath filed the complaint in state district court in Helena Wednesday against Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP over their prescription drugs Risperdal and Seroquel, respectively. These medicines were intended to treat adult schizophrenia and short-term treatment of acute mania associated with bipolar disorder. He charged that the two companies "have engaged in false and misleading marketing, advertising and sales campaigns to promote these drugs for non-medically indicated uses." McGrath said the companies "successfully deceived physicians, citizen-users and others in the medical community" about the safety of these drugs compared to other antipsychotic drugs in order to carve out a greater market share.
State AG's are beginning to investigate these types of claims as well as possible fraud going on in their state Medicaid programs. This is certainly something to keep an eye on.

(H/T Ken K.)