GlaxoSmithKline is a large Pharmaceutical Corporation that likes to be known as a “healthcare” company. It has laboratories that test for safety and it has the ability to boost profits for both the drugs they create as well as the vaccines that pediatricians administer. Recently GSK plead guilty and agreed to pay for the admission of errors. The total is around 3 BILLION Dollars.
Paxil and Wellbutrin was found according to GSK, to be helpful in the reduction of depression but 2 studies showed that it did not have efficacy in pediatric use while one of their studies claimed that it was helpful. Omitted were the adverse effects regarding suicide. The company lured doctors into using the drugs in an “Off-label” manner to children under age 18 although the FDA did not approve it for this population. GSK prepared, published and distributed misleading journal articles. Vacations, spas, and financial incentives were awarded to doctors who prescribed large amounts of the products.
Avandia is a diabetes drug that had a variety of troubling consequences and cardiovascular safety seemed not important. Dire side effects were not initially reported. They included Congestive Heart Failure and Myocardial Infarctions which lead to heart attacks.
Separate, but of equal importance, GSK has been recently fined for the death of 14 babies in their clinical trials for new vaccines. GSK used poor populations to circumvent responsibility. The death of 1 or 2 babies in a vaccine experiment is a tragedy, but the death of 14 babies in my opinion rises to a criminal level .
Wellbutrin and Paxil: Unapproved uses, misbranding and inadequate directions for Off-Label Use. Used to help reduce depression. GSK Prepared, published and distributed misleading journal articles that “Misreported” clinical trials of Paxil . 1 study demonstrated efficacy, while 2 studies did not show efficacy . (How did that happen?)
Fine, forfeiture $757,387,200
Avandia; A diabetes drug. Failure to provide early safety information of Congestive Heart Failure and Myocardial Infarction leading to heart attacks. $242,612,800
Advair; Asthma drug for first line therapy and mild asthma.-Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with misleading claims added
Lamictal; anti-epileptic medication, non-covered psychiatric use.
Zofran-approved for post operative nausea but promoted for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women.
Kickbacks paid for Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent and Valtrex. False Claims involved. $1.0431 BILLION
Price reporting , bundling and fixing; withholding proper rebates to Medicaid, overcharging $ 300 Million
Death of 14 babies in suggested unauthorized lab vaccine experiment in Argentina $ 88,000 $6,286 per child1**
1. Information gathered from http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/July/12-civ-842.html
**Note The information here can not be waranteed. Numbers are approximate pending the final analysis of allegations and admissions .
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