Settlements over drug fraud complaints exceed $6 billion in 2012

Posted by Sarah Showard | Oct 09, 2012 | 0 Comments


Drug manufacturers have paid $6.6 billion so far this year – double from 2011 – to settle claims that they defrauded U.S. health programs, such as overbilling Medicare and pressuring physicians to prescribe medication in unapproved situations, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen. GlaxoSmithKline alone accounted for a record $3 billion settlement over complaints it marketed the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for uses unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and failed to report clinical data on Avandia, a diabetes drug.

In recent years, there has been such a push from the federal government to settle health-fraud cases that investors are now building budgets to accommodate anticipated fines, Public Citizen said.

Further reading:

About the Author

Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Showard Law Firm-Tucson's Local Law Firm for defective drug & medical device claims.

Showard law firm group photo compressor

Showard Law Firm is dedicated to compassionate representation for our clients who have been injured by defective products, dangerous drugs or the negligence of any individual or company. We are experienced in litigation and ready to ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries, medical bills, mental anguish and other losses.

Showard Law Firm celebrates 10 years

10th anniversary showard

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Showard Law Firm. After 18 years of practice, and a prior ten-year partnership, Sarah Showard and her longtime assistant, Maria De La Rosa, opened the doors of Showard Law Firm in October 2006. Sarah and everyone at Showard Law Firm is proud to serve Southern Arizona as the local law firm for defective drug and medical device claims and personal injury.