Violation Tracker Individual Record

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation
Current Parent Company: 
Bausch Health
December 12, 2007
Offense Group: 
healthcare-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Secondary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

Medicis agreed to pay $4 million to settle multistate allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act with respect to claims submitted to Medicaid by promoting the use of a topical skin preparation, Loprox, for use on children under the age of 10, without approval by the Food & Drug Administration. This was part of a larger $9.8 million settlement involving the federal government; see the Violation Tracker entry at

Level of Government: 
Action Type: 
agency action
Multistate Attorneys General Case
Civil or Criminal Case: 
HQ Country of Parent: 
Canada (reincorporated for tax reasons)
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
Specific Industry of Parent: 
Source of Data: 

Idaho Recovers $13,000 for Improper Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients, States News Service, December 12, 2007 (via Nexis).

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Parent company note: 
Parent-subsidiary relationship is current as of the most recent revision listed in the Update Log.