Wisconsin will get $5 million in national fraud lawsuit against Pfizer Inc.
Wisconsin will get $5 million in the settlement of a national lawsuit against the drug maker Pfizer Inc.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the settlement Wednesday.
Pfizer agreed to pay a total of $2.3 billion to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-inflammatory drug Bextra for uses the FDA did not approve.
And the government accused Pfizer of giving illegal kickbacks to doctors and other health professionals to promote Bextra and a dozen other medications, including Viagra and Lipitor.
Bextra was taken off the market in 2005, and the settlement is connected with nine cases filed in various federal courts.
Wisconsin was a party in five of those cases. Nationally, the drug company's settlement includes a $1 billion to compensate Medicaid, Medicare and other government health programs.
Fines and forfeitures total another $1.3 billion.