The AP (7/16) reports, "Irish drug maker Elan Corp. PLC said Thursday it agreed to pay $203.5 million to settle investigations into sales and marketing practices related to the epilepsy drug Zonegran [zonisamide]." Elan’s US division Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc. "expects to plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act," the company said. If the settlement is approved, Elan "said it would resolve all federal and state Medicaid claims into the marketing of Zonegran."
Patients with epilepsy need drugs, but they deserve to know that the marketing and sales practices of the drug-makers are fair, accurate, and properly informative. Safety and health must be put above profits. It’s a matter of life and death.
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