Jury Whacks Pfizer for $141 Million

     BOSTON (CN) – A federal jury fined Pfizer $141 million for illegally pushing its epilepsy drug Neurontin for unapproved uses, such as treating bipolar disorder and migraines. The jury’s $47 million penalty was automatically tripled under the federal RICO law.

     Kaiser Foundation hospitals and health plan claimed Pfizer persuaded them that Neurontin was effective for off-label uses, though it knew it was not.
     Doctors may prescribe drugs for off-label uses, but it is illegal for drug companies to push the drugs for that. The U.S. FDA approved Neurontin for epilepsy in 1993.

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