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J&J Fined $4.5M Over False Drug Promotions

Law360 (March 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A West Virginia judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.475 million in civil penalties for allegedly giving doctors in the state misleading information about the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and the narcotic pain patch Duragesic.

Judge Martin J. Gaughan of The Circuit Court of Brooke County, West Virginia last week ordered J&J and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. to pay a reduced fine for 4,450 allegedly false or misleading statements they made about the drugs in brochures, phone calls and letters to physicians in the state....
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