The U.S. Department of Justice announced two settlements with pharmaceutical companies Thursday for a total of more than $100 million in penalties under the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The announcements came two days after the department reached a $520 million settlement with AstraZeneca for similar violations involving unapproved uses of drugs.
In one settlement, two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical LLC and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., will pay more than $81 million for the off-label promotion of the epilepsy drug Topamax, according to a DOJ statement.
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