Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Pfizer Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Pfizer
Penalty: 
$2,300,000,000
Primary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Violation Description: 

American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. agreed to pay $2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products. Pfizer was required to pay a criminal fine of $1.195 billion and Pharmacia & Upjohn was required to forfeit $105 million, for a total criminal resolution of $1.3 billion. The other $1 billion represented a civil False Claims Act penalty.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
September 2, 2009
Agency: 
Justice Department Civil Division
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil and criminal
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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