Whistleblowers get Millions for Unveiling Drug Firm's Shady Sales Practices

Angela Maher and Anastasia Savka-Klovski were ordered by their employer to give Michigan doctors lavish dinners, tickets and trips so that they would prescribe an epilepsy drug for problems it wasn't approved to treat.

They informed the U.S. Department of Justice, and received $3 million each as part of an $81-million settlement against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. They will receive an as yet undetermined amount from state Medicaid plans.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

“The women say they and an army of sales reps in other states were trained, prodded and micromanaged by their supervisors at Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals to promote Topamax for symptoms other than seizures and migraine headaches ... The case highlights a national problem -- drug industry spending on doctors ... despite new ethics policies to stop them.”

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