A Lipitor whistleblower lawsuit filed against Pfizer by Health Support Awareness is alleging that Pfizer intentionally manipulated the public’s knowledge of Lipitor in order to artificially increase the need for the drug and, in turn, attempt to boost the company’s profits (Case 1:13-cv-11917-NMG).
According to the complaint associated with this case (which may also be referred to as a qui tam lawsuit), Pfizer:
- Paid off Ranbaxy, a company that makes generic medications, to hold off on its production of a generic version of Lipitor (which is prescribed to manage high cholesterol levels)
- Tried to influence medical professionals regarding “safe” levels of cholesterol by specifically attempting to get these professionals to lower their recommended “healthy” cholesterol levels, which would, as a result, increase the number of patients that would supposedly need to take Lipitor
- Cost Medicare billions of dollars in possibly unnecessary Lipitor claims due to its unethical practices – In fact, according to court documents, in 2010 alone, Medicare paid out more than $6.5 billion in Lipitor claims. Additionally, between 2007 and 2010, more than 40 percent of Medicare patients were taking Lipitor to manage their cholesterol levels.
While this lawsuit was originally filed in August 2013, specifics regarding the allegations mounted against Pfizer were only recently made public due to the strict confidentiality restrictions imposed on whistleblower lawsuits. Specifically, plaintiffs in such qui tam lawsuits are required not to publically disclose the allegations in their cases until the Department of Justice (DoJ) has the opportunity to decide whether it will pursue its own criminal case against the defendant. For this Lipitor whistleblower lawsuit, the DoJ has passed on opening a separate criminal case against Pfizer.
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