Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Johnson & Johnson
Current Parent Company: 
Johnson & Johnson
Penalty: 
$158,000,000
Year: 
2012
Date: 
January 19, 2012
Offense Group: 
healthcare-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products
Secondary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen agreed to pay $158 million to settle allegations that it improperly urged physicians to prescribe the drug Risperdal to children and the elderly for schizophrenia and dementia, despite the fact that the drug had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for these uses at the time.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Texas Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Texas
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
Source of Data: 

Texas Attorney General Secures $158 Million Agreement with Drug Maker Over Medicaid Fraud Allegations, Targeted News Service, January 19, 2012 (via Nexis).

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Parent company note: 
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