This Wednesday, April 28, 2010, file photo. shows the GlaxoSmithKline offices in London. GlaxoSmithKline LLC will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to disclose important safety information on a third in the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, the Justice Department said Monday, July 2, 2012.Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
NASHVILLE — Tennessee will get at least $13.5 million from a $3 billion health care fraud agreement involving drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, state Attorney General Bob Cooper announced today.
Under the agreement, believed to be one of the largest in U.S. history, the company agreed to pay the money to the federal government and participating states to resolve allegations it engaged in various illegal schemes related to the marketing and pricing of drugs it manufacturers, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.
As part of the agreement, the state said, GlaxoSmithKline will pay a total of $2 billion in damages and civil penalties to reimburse various federal healthcare programs, including Medicaid, for harm allegedly suffered as a result of the illegal conduct.
Moreover, Cooper’s office said, the company has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges relating to illegal drug labeling and Food and Drug Administration reporting. As part of that, GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay a $1 billion criminal fine in connection with those allegations, the state says.
State and federal governments alleged the company engaged in a pattern of unlawfully marketing certain drugs for uses that had not been approved by the FDA and making false representations regarding the safety and efficacy of certain drugs.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.