Lilly Officially Pleads Guilty In Zyprexa Debacle

Law360 (January 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Weeks after Eli Lilly & Co. announced a record-breaking $1.4 billion deal to settle charges that it illegally marketed its anti-psychotic treatment Zyprexa for off-label use, the pharmaceutical giant formally pled guilty Friday to a misdemeanor related to the scandal.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Lilly — which had already agreed to the plea — officially pled guilty at a hearing in federal court in Philadelphia to "the introduction into interstate commerce of quantities of its drug, Zyprexa, that were misbranded," in violation of federal rules.

Specifically, the Indiana-based company pled guilty to promoting Zyprexa...

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