Drug Co.: No one in SC was harmed in $327M case

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary says South Carolina's high court should overturn a multi-million-dollar penalty over deceptive drug marketing, in part because no one in the state was hurt.

Attorney Mitch Brown told the state Supreme Court on Thursday that Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. should not have to pay a $327 million penalty because no South Carolinians were harmed by the company's actions.

In 2011, a South Carolina jury said Janssen broke the law by downplaying links between diabetes and its schizophrenia drug Risperdal and by improperly claiming the drug was safer than competing medications. A judge assessed a $327 million penalty against the company, the largest drug marketing award to date in South Carolina.

Prosecutors say the ruling and penalties should stand.

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Daniel Haszard said on Friday, Mar 22 at 5:23 AM

Risperdal reproached. Same saga here as Eli Lilly Zyprexa. Johnson and Johnson is a trusted brand we associate with babies. Risperdal,Zyprexa,as well as the other atypical antipsychotics, are being prescribed for children, even though this is an unapproved, off-label use. An estimated 2.5 million children are now taking atypical antipsychotics. Over half are being given them for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,many of these foster children. Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for (life-long) diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Eli Lilly made $70 BILLION on Zyprexa! *Tell the truth don't be afraid* Daniel Haszard

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