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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…

Protonix False Claims Act Lawsuits

The United States and 16 states joined in two separate False Claims Act suits filed in Massachusetts against Wyeth, alleging that the company failed to give the government the same discounts it provided to private purchasers of its Protonix acid reflux drugs, as required by laws governing the Medicaid program. As a result, Wyeth allegedly avoided paying hundreds of millions in rebates due to state Medicaid programs between 2000 and 2006. In May 2010, 17 other states filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuits. In 2016, Pfizer’s Wyeth subsidiary (Pfizer acquired Wyeth in 2009) agreed to settle the litigation for $784.6 million.

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
Health and Human Services
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
2/16/2016
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Pfizer, Inc. $784,600,000
Wyeth $0
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release (April 2016) 4/27/2016
Pfizer Press Release 2/16/2016
Kansas AG Press Release 5/10/2010
DOJ Press Release (May 2009) 5/18/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database