Wyoming gets $678K in Pfizer settlement

2009-09-04T22:20:00Z Wyoming gets $678K in Pfizer settlementGazette News service The Billings Gazette
September 04, 2009 10:20 pm  • 

CHEYENNE - Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg says the state will get more than $678,000 as part of a health care fraud settlement between Pfizer Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department.

Federal prosecutors fined Pfizer a record-breaking $2.3 billion Wednesday for illegal drug promotions that plied doctors with cash, entertainment, travel and meals.

Pfizer will also pay 49 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government a total of $1 billion in civil damages and penalties to compensate Medicaid, Medicare, and other health care programs.

The allegations surround the marketing of 13 drugs, including big sellers such as Viagra, Zoloft and Lipitor.

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