Pfizer To Pay $3.3M To Oregon To Settle Probe Of Zyvox Marketing - (Morningstar via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Pfizer agreed to pay $3.3 million to Oregon's state government to settle an investigation into allegations that it deceptively marketed the antibiotic Zyvox, as reported in Morningstar.
  • The Oregon Department of Justice conducted a two-year investigation of claims that Pfizer relied upon flawed clinical trials to assert that Zyvox was superior to vancomycin.
  • Pfizer's sales representatives distributed thousands of copies of allegedly faulty studies throughout Oregon to promote the sale of Zyvox, according to the Oregon Attorney General's office.
  • Pfizer's payment of $3.3 million will reimburse state government health programs for purchases of Zyvox, and fund a new program teaching consumers about proper use of antibiotics.
  • The settlement includes no admission of wrongdoing by Pfizer.
  • In 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle a government probe of its marketing practices for several drugs including Zyvox.

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