Sanofi Paid Doctors To Help Delay Lovenox Generic: Sens.

Law360, New York (May 25, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT) -- Sanofi-Aventis SA paid doctors to petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to delay approval of a generic blood thinner that would compete with its blockbuster drug Lovenox, according to a report released Wednesday by members of the Senate Finance Committee.

Sanofi paid $5.3 million to two medical advocacy groups and a medical professor to submit FDA citizen petitions raising safety concerns about alternatives to Lovenox, which has netted billions of dollars for the French pharmaceutical giant, the report said.

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