Ousted Director Says Novartis Inflated Famvir's Value

Law360 (November 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A former director for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. has sued her former employer, charging that she was fired in retaliation for accusing the company of inflating the future value of the prescription anti-viral medication Famvir.

Carol Shull, the former brand director for Famvir, claims in a lawsuit lodged in New Jersey state court that Novartis decided to exaggerate its future worth when senior managers realized that the $1.63 billion the company paid to acquire the drug was too high. She claims that the company fired her in March in response to her objections.

“As a direct and proximate result of plaintiff's objection...

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