Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Abbott Laboratories Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Abbott Laboratories
Penalty: 
$1,500,000,000
Year: 
2012
Date: 
May 7, 2012
Primary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Violation Description: 

Global Health Care Company Abbott Laboratories Inc. has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1.5 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company's unlawful promotion of the prescription drug Depakote for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration. The resolution - the second largest payment by a drug company - includes a criminal fine and forfeiture totaling $700 million and civil settlements with the federal government and the states totaling $800 million. Abbott also will be subject to court-supervised probation and reporting obligations for Abbotts CEO and Board of Directors.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Food and Drug Administration referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil and criminal
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Illinois
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
pharmaceuticals
Specific Industry of Parent: 
pharmaceuticals
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Parent company note: 
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