Pfizer has been socked with an eye-popping $141 million penalty for unlawfully promoting its epilepsy drug Neurontin for unapproved uses for which, the plaintiffs said, it didn't even work. A federal jury in Boston concluded that the pharmaceutical giant had violated federal racketeering laws in promoting the drug for so-called off-label uses that were ineffective. The jury's verdict was actually $47 million, but the penalty was automatically tripled under the RICO Act.
Pfizer hit with $141 million RICO penalty
The National Law Journal
March 26, 2010
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