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  • insmhistorian insmhistorian Dec 5, 2012 10:46 AM Flag

    Interesting headline in Health section of ABC NEWS website

    "Off-Label Drug Marketing is 'Free Speech', Court Rules"

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      In a case that could have broad ramifications for the pharmaceutical industry, a federal appeals court on Monday threw out the conviction of a sales representative who sold a drug for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The judges said that the ban on so-called off-label marketing violated the representative’s freedom of speech.

      The 2-to-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan addresses a long-running and costly issue for the industry, which has paid billions of dollars in penalties to the federal government in recent years after being accused of marketing blockbuster drugs for off-label uses.

 
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