Abbott Laboratories pleads guilty, agrees to pay $1.5 billion for unlawful promotion of Depakote

I’m fascinated by this one, since I’ve generally considered depakote a strong mood-stabilizer, but the link isn’t working. This is a keeper, so I checked it out for you–the cnn one I got to work is slightly different–don’t know why, maybe give that a try?: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/07/justice/abbott-fine-drug/index.html. OR–and this is wild–the US Department of Justice has it on their site, in full, colorful detail, at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/May/12-civ-585.html. Another job of excellent spotting.

Thanks, Candida! Working with the WordPress app on my iPad doesn’t always yield the desired results (read: grrrr). I updated the post and used your CNN link. I hope this will pave the way for more slaps on big pharma’s wrist. What they really need is a huge boot!

Thanks for the heads up – I used Candida’s link (and think I fixed the post). The whole thing makes you mad, doesn’t it? And people wonder why I’m so distrustful of having to pump myself full of medication.

Reg-Abbott labs off-label promotion of Depakote.
I took Depakote for 6 years was ineffective for my condition PTSD,the doctor kept telling me to take it.
The saga of the schizophrenia drugs is one of incredible profit.Eli Lilly made $65 BILLION on Zyprexa franchise. Described as *the most successful drug in the history of neuroscience*.
There is a whole underclass block of our society,including children in foster care that are the market for these drugs,but have little voice of protest if harmed by them.
–Daniel Haszard

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