DOJ reaches $2.2B settlement with J&J to resolve unapproved drug marketing allegations

  • Article by: MATTHEW PERRONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 4, 2013 - 5:27 PM

WASHINGTON — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted powerful psychiatric drugs for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients, the Department of Justice announced on Monday.

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nativesonzzNov. 4, 1312:13 PM

"Do not use Risperdal or Invengra if you have an irregular heartbeat, two eyes, high blood pressure, two legs, pregnant, fluid retention, a nose, diabetes, or a will to risk your well being getting even worse using this drug." The possible side effects of a lot of these drugs reads even worse..seems like a revolving door of a "drug to treat the next one"... legalize marijuana now.

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selfmadeNov. 4, 1312:46 PM

Wow Holder actually said something that makes sense for once...Meanwhile, killing border patrol agents with failed gun smuggling programs with Mexican drug cartels, he continues to be unaccountable for...

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Stuart_HNov. 4, 13 1:01 PM

It cites criminal complaints, yet there appears to be no indication at all that anyone is being criminally charged or likely to do time. Companies this big consider fines like this part of the cost of doing business. If there was ever a population that would "benefit" (i.e. be likely to change their behaivor) based on the real threat of prison, it is the well heeled executives of big corporations. Seems you've got to be proved an outright thief ala Bernie Madoff before they seek criminal consequences. How about thirty years, and we confiscate any real and tangential gain made from your criminal practices?

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bobby9Nov. 4, 13 1:07 PM

Profits over people...one cannot put a price on the lives that were destroyed by these toxic drugs, they are as bad as our Mexican heroin and meth dealers that have taken over the drug trade in the USA

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darkcircleNov. 4, 13 1:40 PM

Think of the world we live in. If you're laying on a hospital bed and you need another IV drip, you'll need to pull out your visa card.

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RGMCDONNov. 4, 13 2:07 PM

The lawyers just got richer.

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mauianNov. 4, 13 2:10 PM

This is our criminal "justice" system in action. Who gets this money? The Feds. Just like the real estate fraud settlement, the victims will see little, if any of the money. Huge multi-national corporations can push drugs that were never approved for kids and actually can harm children, and just pay a fine. Huge banks can do mortgage fraud in broad daylight and steal millions of homes from honest Americans, and just pay a fine. You or me steal a soda from WalMart or McDonalds though, it's jail time. Justice is now spelled JUST US.

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tribute24Nov. 4, 13 2:10 PM

Why is there a photo of Johnson's baby powder at the top of this story? Does that particular product -- or any other J&J over-the-counter product -- factor into this story at ALL? Talk about misleading...

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mauianNov. 4, 13 2:12 PM

Send a real message of justice to Johnson and Johnson: Stop buying their products.

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hismajestyNov. 4, 13 2:38 PM

Since corporations are people, shouldn't we treat them the same as we would any other drug dealer - confiscate all profits and inventory used in the criminal activity, all profits resulting form activity funded from the criminal activity, and send the decision - making executives to jail?

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