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J&J to Pay $2.2B to Settle Allegations Over Its Marketing of Risperdal; Parker Waichman LLP Applauds Efforts of Whistleblowers in Helping Compel Resolution
New York, New York (PRWEB) November 05, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals against fraud, extols the successful efforts of several whistleblowers who filed lawsuits that helped spur global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its Janssen subsidiary to pay more than $ 2.2 billion to settle allegations related to the off-label marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and two other drugs, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release issued today. A Nov. 4 Bloomberg report noted that J&Js Janssen unit will plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge for its off-label marketing of Risperdal; that is, the companys efforts to promote Risperdal for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Janssen settled civil claims for the off-label marketing of Risperdal to the elderly, children and the mentally disabled, as well as for paying kickbacks to Omnicare Inc., the largest nursing home pharmacy operation, the Bloomberg article noted, adding that civil claims include the off-label marketing of another anti-psychotic drug, Invega, as well as the heart drug Natrecor.
Janssen accepts accountability for the actions described in the misdemeanor plea, J&J noted in a statement, as reported by Bloomberg, but added that the settling of the civil allegations is not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing, and the company expressly denies the governments civil allegations.
In a press release issued today, the FDA noted that it approved Risperdal in 2002 for the treatment of schizophrenia; and in 2003 it extended its approval to include short-term treatment of acute mania and mixed episodes associated with Bipolar 1 disorder. The release also noted that Janssen began to market the drug as a treatment for dementia in the elderly in March 2002, representing that Risperdal was safe and effective for this unapproved indication and subpopulation.
Janssen had also marketed Risperdal for use in children with behavior challenges, despite known health risks to children and adolescents, the FDA noted in its release, adding that until late 2006, Risperdal was not approved for use in children for any purpose, and that the FDA had repeatedly advised the company that promoting its use in children was problematic and could be evidence of a violation of the law.
Bloomberg noted that the civil settlement involves 45 states and resolves three lawsuits filed by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law allowing private persons to file lawsuits on behalf of the U.S. government. Such lawsuits are also known as qui tam actions. Amendments added to the Act in 1986 and later have further incentivized whistleblowers to take action by raising the amounts awarded for damages and fines. Whistleblowers can obtain millions of dollars, or between 15% and 30% of the amount recovered by the government.
Whistleblowers involved in what is the governments third-largest settlement with a pharmaceutical company, according to the Bloomberg report, will certainly be sharing one of the largest amounts ever awarded in a qui tam case. According to the Justice Departments press release, whistleblowers involved in litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (U.S. v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Case No: 13-cr-605, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)) will get about $ 112 million; whistleblowers in the District of Massachusetts (U.S. v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Case No: 1:07-cv-10288-RGS, U.S. District Court, District Of Massachusetts), $ 27.7 million; and whistleblower in the Northern District of California (U.S. v. Scios Inc., Case No: CR-11-0461-CRB, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)), $ 28 million. (See related court documents here.)
J&J and Janssen have settled allegations that basically claim the companies were not only pick-pocketing U.S. taxpayers, but that they were also putting at risk the most vulnerable members of our society: the young, the elderly and the disabled, said Parker Waichman LLP.
Victoria Starr, a former Janssen sales representative, is one whistleblower involved in the settlement, Bloomberg reported, adding that her lawsuit was centered on alleged orders from her company to convince doctors to prescribe Risperdal for children with mental-health problems, an unapproved use at the time.
Also named in the Bloomberg report was whistleblower Bernard Lisitza, a former pharmacist for Omnicare who alleged he was fired after complaining about his employers switching patients prescriptions to J&J drugs.
In recent years many pharmaceutical employees have come forward to report fraudulent billing, illegal marketing techniques and undisclosed drug side effects. These whistleblowers have helped the federal government recover billions of dollars obtained illegally by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Whistleblowers also save the lives of countless prescription drug and medical device users who were previously unaware of the side effects of their device or prescription.
Anyone who possesses proof that a pharmaceutical or medical device company has engaged in some form of fraudulent activity against the federal government is encouraged to contact us. Please view our Qui Tam page or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
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Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
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The Salt Studio Will Off Special Healing Sessions for Survivors of Sexual Assault to Raise Funds for Project Sister Family Services
Pasadena, California (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
PSFS provides sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention education services to women, children and men survivors of sexual assault. Our mission is to reduce the trauma and risk of sexual assault and child abuse. PSFS serves a region including 27 cities and unincorporated areas in eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino Counties. PSFS provides survivors a 24-hour hot line, hospital accompaniment, advocacy, information and referral, professional counseling, walk-in clinic, and support groups, as well as community education programs, senior safety, school-based prevention education for K-12 and college students, and self-defense classes.
The first session is from 5:30-6:30 PM and will focus on therapeutic writing exercises around empowerment. The second session from 7:00 -8:00 PM will be on therapeutic writing exercises for survivors of sexual assault or other forms of abuse.
Fifty percent of the proceeds of each session will be donated back to Project Sister and partial scholarships for survivors of sexual assault will be available in advance as well as day of the event.
We want to support our community and help women whove experienced sexual assault to heal. Combining therapeutic writing, in the healing environment of the Salt Studio, where we can raise awareness about healing modalities and community resources like Project Sister is a win-win-win trifecta for the San Gabriel Valley community. We are excited to provide this unique opportunity. Davina Kotulski, Ph.D. Author, Life Coach and Psychologist
Michael and I recognize that emotional healing after trauma is an important component to wholeness and wellness and we always look to provide treatments and services that will facilitate health and healing in our community. The services that Project Sister provides are invaluable to so many in our community and were proud to support the good work that they do and to provide a comforting environment for Davinas healing writing practice. Diana Leone, co-owner of the Salt Studio and Wellness Center in Pasadena.
This unique event will offer sexual assault survivors and other community members an opportunity to practice self-care through a guided therapeutic writing session within a healing environment. Every two seconds someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. One out of six women has been victimized by sexual assault, so if this issue does impact you directly, chances are it impacts someone you know. Its exciting to see community partners design an event to benefit an organization such as PSFS and raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and recovery, said Camerina P. Schwartz, PSFS Board President
About The Salt Studio
The Salt Studio specializes in salt therapy, a new holistic treatment for respiratory & skin conditions. A salt therapy session is relaxing, rejuvenating and brings one back into balance through negative ions and the healing properties of pure sea salt in this nurturing environment of our salt rooms. We believe that a safe, nurturing environment and thoughtful services can facilitate healing after trauma by providing the experience of healthy touch and a renewed body awareness. The Salt Studios additional offerings include therapeutic massage, reiki, yoga, qigong, natural skin care and specialized pediatric services. http://www.saltstudiopasadena.com
About Dr. Davina Kotulski
Dr. Davina Kotulski is a licensed psychologist, author, and life coach. She has a practice in Pasadena and hosts therapeutic and creative writing workshops, including a monthly writing event at the Salt Studio. In the past she worked extensively with survivors of abuse. http://www.davinakotulski.com
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