J&J Unit Pays $85M Fine for Misbranding Heart Drug—9/14/11

Johnson & Johnson’s Scios unit will pay $85 million in penalties for misbranding the heart drug Natrecor. Under the False Claims Act, the U.S. alleged that Johnson & Johnson illegally marketed Natrecor for off-label “serial outpatient infusions” not yet approved by the FDA. According to the U.S., this practice has led to “substantial amounts” of false claims being submitted to the Medicare program.
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