GlaxoSmithKline Settles Fraud Case for Record $3B
It's the largest penalty ever paid by a health care company in US
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 11:29 AM CDT
The GlaxoSmithKline offices in London, Wednesday, April 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – GlaxoSmithKline is about to set a new record: It's paying $3 billion in what government officials say is the largest health care fraud settlement in US history, the AP reports. The company will plead guilty to charges related to three drugs, the Justice Department says: Prosecutors say GSK promoted the use of Paxil for children even though it is only approved for adults; encouraged the use of Wellbutrin to treat things other than major depressive disorder (its only approved use); and did not report safety information about diabetes drug Avandia and its effect on cardiovascular health to the FDA.

The settlement includes $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil settlements. In addition to the fines and the misdemeanor criminal charges, the company has agreed to have its sales force overseen by the US government, Reuters reports.

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Jul 2, 2012 11:38 PM CDT
If they agreed to a 3 billion dollar fine without going to trial, then you can bet your ass they made one hell of a lot more money than that on their fraud. It's just the cost of doing business. I do not understand why the Government let the executives off. These guys should be doing time for what they did.
Jul 2, 2012 3:55 PM CDT
God Damn the Pusher
Jul 2, 2012 3:31 PM CDT
I find this amassing that the govt settles this fraud case for 3 billion and fines a company that sells secret helicopter information to China and gets fined 75 million dollars