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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…

U.S. ex rel. Wetherholt and Drimer v. Pfizer (Illegal Marketing of Detrol)

Pfizer agreed to pay $14.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations related to its marketing of the drug Detrol. The government alleged Pfizer marketed Detrol for uses that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The settlement resolved the last of a group of whistleblower lawsuits filed in federal courts beginning in 2003. The other suits were settled or dismissed in 2009 as part of global settlement under which Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion dollars to resolve civil and criminal claims regarding the illegal marketing of multiple drugs (see Pfizer instance, “Illegal Marketing of Bextra and Other Drugs”).

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
Health and Human Services
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
10/21/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Pfizer, Inc. $14,500,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 10/26/2011

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database