Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
AbbVie
Penalty: 
$60,000,000
Year: 
2010
Date: 
September 15, 2010
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Secondary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Violation Description: 

Forest Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $60 million to settle multistate litigation alleging that it caused false claims to be submitted to government health care programs for the drugs Levothroid, Celexa, and Lexapro. This was part of a larger $149 million settlement involving the federal government; see the Violation Tracker entry at https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/violation-tracker/-forest-pha.... The company also paid $164 million in a related criminal case; see https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/violation-tracker/-forest-pha...

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Multistate Attorneys General Case
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
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: 
Parent-subsidiary relationship is current as of the most recent revision listed in the Update Log.