GUILTY- AMGN worried Omontys better safety & Once a Month dosage will take away EPOGEN completely.
AMGN shall Pray to GOD that NOBODY get caught in this OMONTYS GAME LIKE ARANESP
A federal judge accepted Amgen Inc. (AMGN)’s plea agreement on a charge that it misbranded its anemia drug Aranesp, putting to rest a five-year probe of the company’s marketing practices.
U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson in Brooklyn, New York, signed off today on the agreement with prosecutors, which will cost the company $150 million in criminal penalties. Amgen will also pay $612 million to settle civil claims by states and whistle-blowers alleging the company also illegally marketed other drugs.
The company’s guilty plea and resolution of civil cases “demonstrate our vigilance in protecting American’s health-care consumers and pursuing any corporation that seeks to profit by violating U.S. law,” Marshall L. Miller, head of the criminal division for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office, said in a statement.
Prosecutors alleged the company promoted Aranesp for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from about 2001 through March 2007 to compete with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s anemia treatment, Procrit. The company pleaded guilty yesterday to a single misdemeanor misbranding charge over the allegations.
Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, California, was estimated to have reaped about $85 million in gains from misbranding Aranesp, Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame said during today’s hearing.
U.S. revenue from Aranesp totaled more than $11 billion from 2001 through 2008, with about $6 billion coming from health-care programs Medicaid and Medicare, according to a complaint in a lawsuit unsealed today that was filed by a former Amgen employee.
Pharmaceutical companies aren’t permitted to market drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. Doctors may write prescriptions for off-label purposes as they see fit.