Amgen to Pay $150 Million for Misdemeanor Charge of Misbranding Anemia Drug

, The Asian Lawyer


Amgen pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of misbranding its anemia drug, Aranesp, in U.S. district court on Tuesday, and agreed to pay a total of $150 million in criminal fines and forfeiture. According to the government, the biotechnology company promoted Aranesp for uses that were not approved by the FDA in order to take market share from Johnson & Johnson's anemia drug, Procrit.

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