Ark. AG files suit over marketing of anti-psychotic drug

The Associated Press

By ANDREW DeMILLO

Drug companies improperly marketed an anti-psychotic drug, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel claimed Tuesday as he asked a state judge to force the firms to repay millions shelled out by the state’s Medicaid program for unnecessary prescriptions.

McDaniel filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc.,

Janssen LP and Johnson & Johnson Inc. In the filing, McDaniel said the companies “engaged in a direct, illegal, nationwide program of promotion of the use of Risperdal for non-medically necessary uses.”

New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson is the parent company of both Janssen Pharmaceutica and Janssen LP.

The lawsuit did not specify how much the state is seeking, but McDaniel has estimated that the state’s Medicaid program spent about $200 million over eight years to pay for prescriptions for Zyprexa, Seroquel and Risperdal. The lawsuit filed Tuesday focuses solely on Risperdal…

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