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Abbott Labs Wrongly Pushed Depakote for Dementia Care
Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 1:26 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: McKnight's) - Abbott Laboratories has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1.5 billion over allegations that it promoted the anti-seizure drug Depakote for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The company systematically promoted off-label use of the medication as a dementia treatment for nursing home residents. Abbott also paid kickbacks to physicians and long-term pharmacists to encourage its use, according to court records.


The case includes a criminal fine and forfeiture of $700 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totaling $800 million. The company also agreed to enter a five-year probationary period. Depakote is an anti-seizure and mood-stabilizing drug that is routinely prescribed for bipolar disorder.


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