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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Average Wholesale Price (AWP) Drug Litigation

A class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Massachusetts against GlaxoSmithKline and 22 other pharmaceutical companies alleging consumers are harmed by the way the companies price their drugs. The companies set prices using the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) formula. The government uses average wholesale prices as reported by drug companies to set reimbursements from federal health programs. Plaintiffs claim drugmakers artificially inflated their prices as part of a scheme to overcharge consumers. In August 2006, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to a proposed $70 million settlement.

Misconduct Type
Antitrust
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Filing
9/6/2002
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
GlaxoSmithKline $70,000,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 8/17/2007
Settlement 8/17/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database