Eli Lilly has Fighting Words for W. Virginia Attorney General

Attorneys representing Eli Lilly & Co. claim that the civil penalties sought by West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw for the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s alleged mislabeling violations are inappropriate and unreasonable, according to a June 8, 2009 article by John O’Brien on LegalNewsline.com.

West Virginia is asking $2 billion under the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act, related to the drug company’s dissemination of an alleged inadequate label on its Zyprexa antipsychotic product. The lawsuit claims that Eli Lilly should be punished for disseminating the inadequate label.

Eli Lilly claims West Virginia is overstepping its bounds and into those of the FDA.

According to the article, the motion also says that penalizing Eli Lilly $5,000 for each Zyprexa prescription distributed from Feb. 28, 2002-Oct. 2007 (which is about 400,000 with the alleged improper labeling) would “lead to a grossly disproportionate punishment” under the U.S. Constitution.
In January, Eli Lilly agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle federal civil and criminal claims. The payment also benefited the Medicaid programs of more than 30 states that collectively received approximately $362 million, according to the article on LegalNewsline.com.

To read the article in its entirety, go to: http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/221408-eli-lilly-w.vas-claim-for-civil-penalties-inappropriate-greedy.

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