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On the 2nd of July it came to pass that one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical firms GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined a record breaking $3billion by the American courts. The British company faced charges of illegally marketing numerous different types of pharmaceutical prescription drugs as far back as 1998.
The department of Justice in the US had this to say about the ruling, “The Firm is guilty of unlawful promotion of prescription drugs, its failure to report certain safety data, and its civil liability for alleged false price reporting practices”. Not only has the ruling seen GSK take a devastating economic blow but the massive loss of public trust in the wake of this unbelievable revelation will no doubt be entrenched in the company’s reputation for years to come. No one should have to suffer from the devious acts of money hungry corporations; if you think you may have suffered adverse effects from any type of medical negligence do not hesitate to call us on:
There were three drugs under scrutiny:
Avendia – is the most famous slip up for the company. It seems that it was known to GlaxoSmithKline that the diabetes drug could cause cardiovascular problems and liver failure but the drug was rolled out worldwide nonetheless. It was only brought to the attention of the courts in 2006 when North Carolina resident James Burford dies at the young age of 49.
Advair – In their own words Advair was marketed as a “first-line therapy for mild asthma”, this was one of the more heavily publicised treatments although had never been medically approved for the condition.
Wellburtin – was marketed for weight loss and sexual dysfunction, very common conditions, therefore have a large demand. But Wellburtin is only medically viable for the treatment of major depressive disorders.
Paxil – is a drug for the treatment for depression in minors, this is perhaps their most deplorable act, as it involves children and the Federal Drug Administration claims it was never approved. Nevertheless, Paxil was illegally marketed by GSK from 1998 to 2003.
The CEO Sir Andrew Witty explained in a statement on the company’s website, “We have fundamentally changed our procedures for compliance, marketing and selling. When necessary, we have removed employees who have engaged in misconduct.” In the same statement though, Witty does describe that the company “does not constitute an admission of any liability or wrongdoing in the selling and marketing of [its products].”
The United States Department of Justice contends that comments such as the latter are no comfort to those who have been affected by this catastrophe. State Attorney John Walsh said, “Patients rely on their physicians to prescribe the drugs they need,” but it seems evermore obvious that within a country whose medical profession is so ultimately corrupt and paid kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies are so rife, it’s the patients who are continually drawing the sort straw.
If you have been effected by any pharmaceutical that you think has caused adverse effects and are concerned about your health, especially of you fall under the users of any of the aforementioned drugs then you could be entitled to make a claim for Medical Negligence against GlaxoSmithKline, so many people in the USA already have. Because there are TIME LIMITS in place for bringing a claim, we advise you to contact us immediately on FREEPHONE 0800 567 7866.
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