SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco say Genentech and OSI Pharmaceuticals have agreed to pay $67 million to settle allegations they misled doctors about the effectiveness of a cancer drug.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Northern California announced the settlement on Monday.READ MORE: Home Alone: Helping Pandemic Pets Cope When Their Owners Return To Work
It came in a whistleblower lawsuit over the drug Tarceva.
The pharmaceutical companies were accused of making misleading statements about Tarceva between January 2006 and December 2011.READ MORE: Neighbors Creating Holiday Magic On Candy Cane Lane In Pleasanton Since 1953
According to a lawsuit, there was little evidence the drug was effective to treat certain lung cancer patients unless they never smoked or had a particular mutation.
Neither company acknowledged wrongdoing.
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Astellas Pharma said the alleged misconduct preceded its acquisition of OSI, and it decided to resolve the matter to move forward.