June 6, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that Missouri will receive $2 million as part of a national settlement with pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully marketed its asthma drug Advair, and antidepressant drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin. The complaint and judgment filed in Cole County alleges that GSK violated state consumer-protection laws by misrepresenting the uses and qualities of these drugs.
"GlaxoSmithKline intentionally marketed these drugs for medical conditions for which they were not approved," Koster said. "We will continue to protect Missouri consumers by holding companies that engage in this type of unlawful behavior responsible."
The settlement also requires GSK to reform its marketing and promotional practices to avoid unlawful marketing in the future. Specifically, GSK cannot:
The settlement also requires GSK to continue its Patient First Program, which reduces financial incentives for sales representatives to engage in deceptive marketing.