At a hearing on Pfizer Inc.’s $2.3 billion plea agreement with the Department of Justice, a Boston federal judge said he’ll probably accept the company’s sweeping compliance agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in lieu of probation.

Judge Douglas Woodlock of the District of Massachusetts did not issue a bench ruling at the two-hour Tuesday hearing on the 79-page plea agreement entered into by Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. Inc., which was absorbed into Pfizer in 2003, to settle charges the company illegally promoted off-label drug uses.

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