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Drug maker Pfizer has agreed to settle with Indiana and several other states after marketing its pharmaceutical products for uses other than what has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Terry Tolliver, Deputy Director of the Consumer Protection Division in the Indiana Attorney General‘s Office says we have the FDA for a reason, and the company‘s claims that weren‘t supported by independent research can be dangerous.
Pfizer promoted Lyrica for treating different kinds of pain that the FDA has not green lighted. Pfizer also promoted Zyvox, an antibiotic used to treat infections such as MRSA, as better than another very similar antibiotic, without any independent substantiation.
Indiana is on the receiving end of a $1.1 million check from the pharmaceutical giant.