GlaxoSmithKline has overstepped its bounds, and must reform its current marketing and promotional sales practices.
Missouri and Illinois recently joined with 44 other states to sue GlaxoSmithKline, a huge drug and phramaceutical company, for its violations of consumer laws. The company allegedly marketed some of its drugs- Advair, Paxil, and Wellburtin- for "off-label uses" the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had not approved.
Specifically, the States alleged that GSK promoted Advair to mild asthma sufferers and illegally marketed Paxil and Wellburtin as safe for children and teens. Neither of these promotions were approved by the FDA. GSK also marketed Wellburtin, an anti-depressant drug as effective for treating weight loss, ADD, addiction, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder.
The States settled at $105 million dollars collectively. Missouri will receive $2 million. GSK must also reform its marketing practices, including lowering incentives for sales people within the company. Hopefully this will reduce deception of the public in the marketing of these drugs. Additionally, the settlement mandates scientifically trained personnel to develop and approve responses to health care provider questions to ensure their responses are unbiased and do not promote specific drugs.
Corporations and companies need to be held responsible to consumers for their actions. Prescription medicine is often powerful and needs to be marketed to the public safely and honestly.
Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.
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