US judge fines Johnson & Johnson $1.1bn for misleading marketing of risperidone

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2772
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Judge Tim Fox of the Arkansas Circuit Court fined the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals $1.1bn (£0.7bn; €0.84bn) for promotional information about the antipsychotic drug risperidone that misled the state into spending Medicaid funds for the drug. He also fined the company $11m for violating the state’s law on deceptive practices. Medicaid is a joint federal and state health insurance scheme for people on low incomes.

The Arkansas attorney general, Dustin McDaniel, charged that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen had not clearly described the risks of risperidone (which is marketed as Risperdal), had marketed the drug for unapproved uses, …

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