AG goes after health care giant GlaxoSmithKline — again
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Wednesday that he has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against British health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC over its illegal promotion of the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal, Zofran, Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent and Valtrex for off-label, non-covered uses in violation of state laws.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Baton Rouge, has been assigned to Judge Janice Clark of the 19th Judicial District Court.
“GSK’s egregious conduct and greed caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the Louisiana Medicaid Program,” Caldwell said in a press release.
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein said he stands with Caldwell in his fight against this company's allegedly fraudulent practices and dangerous promotion of off-label and non-covered prescription drug use.
This is the second suit Caldwell has filed against GSK on behalf of Louisiana. The first was filed in February 2011 over its diabetes drug Avandia and claims GSK defrauded the Louisiana Medicaid Program by illegally marketing, pricing and promoting Avandia. It further alleges GSK violated Louisiana’s consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws.
That case is set for trial in June before Judge Clark.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.