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New Year's Resolutions for the Drug Industry for 2010

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There was only one thing worse than being unemployed in 2009: working for the drug sector.

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Not only did the two biggest drug settlements in US history occur in 2009--Eli Lilly's $1.42 billion for mismarketing Zyprexa and Pfizer's $2.3 billion for Bextra, Geodon, Lyrica and Zyvox fraud--the Supreme Court ruled people can sue if they're harmed by a prescription drug even if it had FDA approval.

No wonder Wyeth and Pfizer and then Merck and Schering-Plough formed defensive mergers in 2009, the former timed to knock out headlines about the Bextra settlement.

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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