Michigan Gets $42 Million in Johnson & Johnson Settlement


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Michigan Gets $42 Million in Johnson & Johnson Settlement

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Nov 5, 2013

Michigan is getting nearly $42 million as part of a nationwide settlement with Johnson & Johnson.

The company is paying out $2.2 billion total to settle claims that it marketed drugs for unapproved uses and paid kickbacks to doctors and nursing homes for prescribing them.

"Put simply, the alleged conduct is shameful and it is unacceptable," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. "They displayed a reckless indifference to the safety of the American people, and it constituted a clear abuse of the public trust."

Johnson & Johnson made false statements about the safety and outcome of using two schizophrenia drugs and a heart medication. It also marketed them to children, adolescents, and the elderly without FDA permission.

The money will go into Michigan's Medicaid fund under the terms of the settlement.