Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Merck, Sharp & Dohme
Current Parent Company: 
Merck
Penalty: 
$950,000,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
November 22, 2011
Primary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Violation Description: 

American pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp & Dohme agreed to pay $950 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims related to its promotion and marketing of the painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib). Under the terms of the resolution, Merck agreed to a $628 million civil settlement and the payment of a $322 million criminal fine.

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: 
New Jersey
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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