Guilty Plea in Pharmaceutical Fraud Case

A subsidiary of the drug manufacturer Pfizer has agreed to plead guilty in a kickback scheme and to pay a criminal fine of $19.68 million, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Michael J. Sullivan (not to be confused with Michael A. Sullivan, one of the authors of this whistleblower lawyer blog).

The government’s announcement was that Pharmacia & Upjohn Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., was charged with offering a kickback in connection with the administration and distribution of its human growth hormone, Genotropin. Another Pfizer subsidiary, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Government for what the government described as illegally promoting Genotropin for “off-label” uses as anti-aging, cosmetic use and athletic performance enhancement. The result is that the companies will pay a total amount of $34.7 million.