Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Pfizer Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Pfizer
Penalty: 
$14,500,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
October 21, 2011
Offense Group: 
healthcare-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Violation Description: 

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. agreed to pay $14.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations related to its marketing of the drug Detrol. The settlement resolved the last of a group of 10 qui tam, or whistleblower, suits that were filed in the District of Massachusetts and two other districts, beginning in 2003. The other nine suits were settled or dismissed in 2009 as part of the government's global resolution with Pfizer, under which the company agreed to pay $2.3 billion dollars to resolve civil claims and criminal charges regarding multiple drugs.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Food and Drug Administration referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
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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