TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 23, 2011 -
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that she and
37 other attorneys general reached a $40.75 million settlement with
GlaxoSmithKline, LLC and SB Pharmco Puerto Rico, Inc. arising from alleged
unfair and deceptive trade practices. Florida will receive approximately
$2.92 million from the settlement. According to the complaint, GSK and SB
Pharmco were manufacturing drugs that had been adulterated because the
manufacturing processes used to produce these drugs were substandard.
Consumers should note that there is no current cause for concern regarding
the drugs covered by this agreement because all adulterated batches were
recalled years ago. The settlement, which is pending judicial review, will
reimburse the state for the costs related to this case and contribute to
funding future investigations on behalf of Florida’s consumers.
The complaint alleges that GSK and SB Pharmco engaged in unfair and
deceptive practices when they manufactured and distributed certain lots of
Kytril (a sterile drug used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer
chemotherapy and radiation therapy), Bactroban (an antibiotic ointment used
to treat skin infections), Paxil CR (the controlled release formulation of
the popular antidepressant drug, Paxil), and Avandamet (a combination Type
II diabetes drug).
GSK and SB Pharmco are no longer manufacturing drugs at their Cidra, Puerto
Rico facility, which has been closed since 2009. As a result of the
settlement, GSK and SB Pharmco are enjoined from making false, misleading
or deceptive claims regarding the manufacturing of all drugs formerly
manufactured at the Cidra facility regardless of where these drugs are now
produced. In addition, the companies must not misrepresent those drugs’
characteristics, or cause likelihood of confusion or of misunderstanding
about the way in which they are manufactured.
The attorneys general of the following states and the District of Columbia
participated in the settlement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North
Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.