Violation Tracker Parent Company Summary

Parent Company Name: 
Merck
Ownership Structure: 
publicly traded (ticker symbol MRK)
Headquartered in: 
New Jersey
Major Industry: 
pharmaceuticals
Specific Industry: 
pharmaceuticals
Penalty total since 2000: 
$3,303,690,973
Number of records: 
64
Top 10 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products$1,422,000,0007
False Claims Act and related$818,033,33315
drug or medical equipment safety violation$508,250,0002
kickbacks and bribery$345,000,0002
benefit plan administrator violation$80,660,0015
consumer protection violation$63,400,0002
price-fixing or anti-competitive practices$36,000,0001
environmental violation$28,592,72922
investor protection violation$1,000,0001
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act$500,0001
Notes: 

Parent-subsidiary linkages are based on relationships current as of the latest revision listed in the Update Log, which may vary from what was the case when a violation occurred. The penalty totals are adjusted to account for the fact that the individual entries below may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. The totals are also adjusted to reflect cases in which federal and state agencies cooperated and issued separate announcements of the outcome. Duplicate or overlapping penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the list below.

Associated Names: 

CHEROKEE PHARMACEUTICALS; INSPIRE PHARMACEUTICALS; MERCK; MERCK & CO BRANCHBURG FARMS; MERCK AND; MERCK SHARP & DOHME - KENILWORTH; MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200189; MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200254; MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200309; MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200314; Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.; MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORPORATION 511650000100228; MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORPORATION 511650000100361; MERCK SHARP AND DOHME QUIMICA DE PUERTO [...]

Links: 

For an overview of this company's accountability track record, read its Corporate Rap Sheet here.

For more details on misconduct by this company, see its entry in the Project On Government Oversight's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

For a summary of this company's federal contracts, see its page on Fedspending.

Subsidy Tracker data on financial assistance to this company by federal, state and local government agencies can be found here.


Individual Penalty Records:

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Company Primary Offense Type Year Agency Penalty Amountsort icon
Merck, Sharp & Dohme off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2011 FDA $950,000,000
Merck & Company False Claims Act and related 2008 DOJ_CIVIL $650,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation drug or medical equipment safety violation 2002 DOJ_CIVIL $500,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2006 USAO $435,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation kickbacks and bribery 2004 DOJ_CIVIL $345,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation kickbacks and bribery 2004 MULTI-AG (*) $292,969,482
Merck False Claims Act and related 2008 MULTI-AG (*) $290,000,000
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2012 MULTI-AG (*) $201,975,000
Schering-Plough Corporation off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2006 MULTI-AG (*) $91,602,000
Merck & Co. consumer protection violation 2008 MULTI-AG $58,000,000
Merck & Co., Inc. benefit plan administrator violation 2011 private lawsuit-federal $49,500,000
Organon USA Inc price-fixing or anti-competitive practices 2004 MULTI-AG $36,000,000
Organon off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2014 MULTI-AG $31,000,000
Schering-Plough False Claims Act and related 2008 MO-AG $31,000,000
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp False Claims Act and related 2010 HI-AG $28,000,000
Schering-Plough False Claims Act and related 2004 DOJ_CIVIL $27,000,000
Schering-Plough Corp. False Claims Act and related 2004 TX-AG (*) $27,000,000
Merck & Co., Inc. False Claims Act and related 2011 MA-AG $24,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation False Claims Act and related 2009 CA-AG $21,300,000
Merck environmental violation 2007 EPA $19,750,000
Shering-Plough/Warrick Companies False Claims Act and related 2009 AL-AG $14,833,333
Schering-Plough Corporation benefit plan administrator violation 2012 private lawsuit-federal $12,250,000
Merck & Co., Inc. benefit plan administrator violation 2012 private lawsuit-federal $10,400,000
Schering-Plough Corporation benefit plan administrator violation 2010 private lawsuit-federal $8,500,000
Merck drug or medical equipment safety violation 2013 PA-AG $8,250,000
Merck and Company environmental violation 2008 EPA $6,075,000
Inspire Pharmaceuticals off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2015 MULTI-AG (*) $6,000,000
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. False Claims Act and related 2012 KY-AG $6,000,000
Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2015 USAO $5,900,000
Merck & Co. Inc. consumer protection violation 2009 MULTI-AG $5,400,000
Schering-Plough False Claims Act and related 2012 LA-AG $5,000,000
Warrick Pharmaceuticals Inc. False Claims Act and related 2009 OH-AG $4,300,000
Merck and Company, Inc. False Claims Act and related 2011 WI-AG $4,250,000
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. False Claims Act and related 2011 ID-AG $1,600,000
Merck environmental violation 2011 EPA $1,500,000
MERCK & CO., INC. environmental violation 2011 EPA (*) $1,500,000
Schering-Plough Corporation investor protection violation 2003 SEC $1,000,000
Warrick Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Schering-Plough Corp. False Claims Act and related 2011 ID-AG $750,000
Schering-Plough Corporation Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2004 SEC $500,000
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORPORATION 511650000100228 environmental violation 2005 EPA $500,000
Schering-Plough Products, LLC environmental violation 2011 EPA $260,000
Merial (IA) LLP environmental violation 2011 EPA $130,000
Merck & Co., Inc. labor relations violation 2008 NLRB $100,000
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORPORATION environmental violation 2012 EPA $69,274
MERCK & CO. aviation safety violation 2015 FAA $65,000
MERCK & CO. INC. aviation safety violation 2015 FAA $65,000
SCHERING-PLOUGH PRODUCTS LLC environmental violation 2001 EPA $54,100
Schering Plough Products environmental violation 2002 EPA $49,000
SCHERING-PLOUGH HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC. ( SB) environmental violation 2007 EPA $40,950
Merck & Co. Inc. environmental violation 2005 EPA $33,700
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200254 environmental violation 2004 EPA $21,500
MERCK SHARP & DOHME - KENILWORTH environmental violation 2003 EPA $21,000
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORPORATION 511650000100361 environmental violation 2010 EPA $16,705
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200309 environmental violation 2009 EPA $16,000
Schering Plough Products, LLC environmental violation 2010 EPA $11,500
Merck and Company, Inc. labor relations violation 2009 NLRB $10,710
CHEROKEE PHARMACEUTICALS LLC benefit plan administrator violation 2011 EBSA $10,001
Merck Sharp & Dohme Quimica de Puerto Rico environmental violation 2007 EPA $10,000
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200189 environmental violation 2000 EPA $10,000
MERCK & CO INC environmental violation 2016 EPA $10,000
Schering-Plough labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $8,200
MERCK & CO BRANCHBURG FARMS environmental violation 2003 EPA $8,000
Schering Corporation Family and Medical Leave Act 2006 WHD $6,000
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP (RAHWAY) 340394171200314 environmental violation 2009 EPA $6,000
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