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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Merck & Co., Inc.

32 instances of misconduct since 1995 | $8,813.3M in penalties

Merck & Co., Inc., founded in 1891, is a global pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines and also publishes health information as a not-for-profit service. Merck has 60,000 employees worldwide and sales of $22.6 billion in 2006. Its largest-selling product is Singulair, a prescription asthma medication, which achieved sales of $3.6 billion in 2006. Other big sellers include hypertension fighters Cozaar and Hyzaar and anti-cholesterol drugs Vytorin, Zetia, and Zocor.

Correspondence Date
Letter to Merck 6/7/2008
Response from Merck 7/22/2008
FY Rank Contract Awards
2016 #36 $1,502.7M
2015 #38 $1,429.5M
2014 #36 $1,386.4M
2013 #42 $1,440.4M
2012 #48 $1,406.2M
2011 #50 $1,331.0M

32 Instances of Misconduct since 1995

10 additional instances of misconduct pending resolution.

Date Instance Penalty
Total  
7/6/2017 Breach of EU Merger Procedural Rules
Merck & Co., Inc.
$0
5/23/2017 Remicade Anti-Competitive Pricing
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
5/15/2017 K-Dur 20 “Pay for Delay” Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$0
4/24/2017 Keytruda Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Merck & Co., Inc.
$19,500,000
3/8/2017 Zostavax Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
6/6/2016 Misconduct in Patent Lawsuit
Merck & Co., Inc.
$0
1/15/2016 Vioxx Securities Class Action Lawsuit
Merck & Co., Inc.
$1,062,000,000
3/5/2015 Pfaff v. Merck (Propecia Wrongful Death)
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
10/15/2014 Organon National Medicaid Settlement
Merck & Co., Inc.
$31,000,000
10/10/2014 U.S. v. Zwerko (Insider Trading)
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
10/10/2014 SEC v. Zwerko (Insider Trading)
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
8/7/2014 Conspiring to Block Generics in Brazil
Merck & Co., Inc.
$1,879,412
7/17/2013 Vioxx Individual Consumers Settlement
Merck & Co., Inc.
$23,000,000
7/3/2013 Januvia Products Liability Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
6/3/2013 Vytorin/Zetia Securities Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$215,000,000
6/3/2013 ENHANCE Securities Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$473,000,000
5/9/2013 Smith v. Merck (Gender Discrimination)
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
2/5/2013 Scheinberg v. Merck (Fosamax Products Liability)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$285,000
11/1/2012 Vioxx Missouri Consumer Fraud Settlement
Merck & Co., Inc.
$39,000,000
2/7/2012 Defrauding Louisiana’s Medicaid Program
Merck & Co., Inc.
$5,000,000
12/20/2011 Inflated Drug Prices (Massachusetts Lawsuit)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$24,000,000
11/22/2011 Nationwide Vioxx Joint Civil-Criminal Settlement (Civil)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$628,364,000
11/22/2011 Nationwide Vioxx Joint Civil-Criminal Settlement (Criminal)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$321,636,000
9/28/2011 Environmental Violations at Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Plants
Merck & Co., Inc.
$1,500,000
2/2/2011 Propecia Multi-District Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
10/6/2010 Hawaii Average Wholesale Price Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$28,000,000
8/27/2010 Mumps Vaccine False Claims
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
6/25/2010 Boles v. Merck (Fosamax Products Liability)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$0
7/15/2009 Vytorin Multistate Investigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$5,400,000
6/12/2008 Abarca, et al. v. Merck (Hexavalent Chromium Contamination)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$0
4/22/2008 NuvaRing Product Liability Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$100,000,000
2/7/2008 Nominal Pricing Fraud
Merck & Co., Inc.
$650,000,000
12/13/2007 Wissahickon Creek Fish Kills
Merck & Co., Inc.
$20,575,000
11/9/2007 Nationwide Vioxx Settlement
Merck & Co., Inc.
$4,850,000,000
9/17/2007 NY State False Claims Act Lawsuit (Vioxx)
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pending
3/12/2007 Humeston v. Merck & Co., Inc. (Vioxx Litigation)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$47,500,000
10/23/2006 Medco False Claims Act Litigation
Merck & Co., Inc.
$137,500,000
8/17/2006 Barnett v. Merck (Vioxx Litigation)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$51,000,000
4/11/2006 McDarby v. Merck (Vioxx Litigation)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$4,500,000
4/26/2004 Medco Drug Switching Settlement
Merck & Co., Inc.
$29,300,000
12/9/2002 Medco ERISA Class Action Settlement
Merck & Co., Inc.
$42,500,000
9/5/1996 Air Pollution (San Diego, CA)
Merck & Co., Inc.
$1,857,395

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