Government Joins Lawsuit Against Johnson and Johnson


Recent reports have shown that the US government is now joining two lawsuits that have been filed against the pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson, and its Scios division, after the companies were accused to marketing one of their drugs for uses that had not been approved, thus accusing the companies of illegal marketing.
The companies have been accused of illegally marketing their drug Natrecor, which is a drug treatment for heart failure. The drug is given as treatment to patients that have heart failure of a congestive nature, which can cause shortness of breath.

However, the lawsuits claims that shortly after the drug received Food and Drugs Administration approval in 2001 the companies started to market it to patients that had less serious heart conditions, for which the drug had not been approved.

The maker of the drug is Scios Incorporated, and this was purchased by Johnson and Johnson in 2003. No data has yet been released with regards to the costs incurred as a result of prescribing the drug for off-label use as a result of this marketing.


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