Kentucky to get $811,000 from drug company as settlement of federal suit alleging unfounded promotion of three medications

Attorney General Jack Conway has confirmed that the state will receive almost $811,000 for its share of recoveries in a settlement reached in a lawsuit filed by the federal government against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. In all, the drug company has agreed to pay $95 million to settle allegations that it promoted three drugs for uses in Kentucky and other states that were not medically accepted. 

The Associated Press
reports that the stroke-prevention drug Aggrenox, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease drug Combivent, and the high-blood-pressure drug Micardis are the drugs named in the suit.

The Justice Department said the company also promoted the use of the heart drug Atrovent at doses exceeding those covered by federal health programs. (Read more)

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