WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Thirty-eight state attorneys general -- including West Virginia AG Darrell McGraw -- announced a record-breaking $68.5 million agreement with a drug company Thursday over allegations of improper marketing practices.
The multistate agreement arose from a federal court complaint against AstraZeneca over its alleged unlawful marketing of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel for unapproved or off-label uses.
AstraZenecda was also charged with failing to disclose harmful weight gain-related side effects of Seroquel and concealing scientific data that revealed safety concerns.
"AstraZeneca promoted Serqouel to treat children and seniors even though federal regulators deemed it an inappropriate use of the potent drug. The company's illegal practices put our most vulnerable populations at risk, including children and older patients with dementia and other debilitating diseases," Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.
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