CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Attorney General Gregory Phillips announced that the state will receive $2.5 million of the $181 million settlement that Janssen Pharmaceuticals will pay the federal government and 36 states, according to the Wyoming News.
However, while the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has agreed to pay, it still does not admit to wrongdoing or violating any laws. The company released the following statement:
“The company agreed to the settlement to resolve the concerns of the attorneys general under state consumer protection laws, and to avoid unnecessary expense and a prolonged legal process.”
The charges alleged that Janssen illegally promoted Risperdal for non-FDA approved uses in children and elderly consumers.
Janssen reportedly knew of the dangers their drug carried, even sending a letter in 2003 telling health-care providers to hide any side effects related to Risperdal.
This letter led to the FDA issuing a “warning letter” to Janssen in 2004.
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