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Study Suggests 2004 Lawsuit Fueled Big Spending On Epilepsy Drugs

Reuters: Did the Neurontin Lawsuit Fuel Health Spending?
In 2004, Pfizer, the world's largest drug company, agreed to plead guilty and pay more than $430 million to settle charges it had illegally marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin for unapproved uses. Now, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry questions whether the lawsuit ended up fueling spending on other epilepsy drugs instead of curbing so-called off-label prescribing (Joelving, 10/26).

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