(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of Maryland Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler and received via electronic mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.)
AG Gansler Secures $15 Million Recovery From GlaxoSmithKline
Company misled state health care programs, consumers about popular
diabetes drugs Avandia, Avandamet and Avandaryl
Prescription medications dramatically increase risk of heart attack
Baltimore, MD (December 17, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today
announced the state has recovered $15 million from GlaxoSmithKline, LLC,
resolving allegations that the company engaged in improper marketing of the
prescription drugs Avandia, Avandamet and Avandaryl, all of which are used to
treat diabetes. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit filed last February
by the Office of the Attorney General against GlaxoSmithKline in Baltimore City
"The distorted promotion of these drugs put diabetes patients at serious risk
by misrepresenting the facts concerning their safety and usefulness," said
Attorney General Gansler. "Consumers should know the whole truth about the
medications they get and taxpayers shouldn't have to pay the cost for such
behavior by the drug maker."
The lawsuit, filed under the Maryland False Health Claims Act and other legal
theories, alleged that GlaxoSmithKline touted the drugs as superior to other
diabetes medications even though they were not, in fact, better at treating the
disease. The lawsuit also alleged that the company withheld data showing that
its three drugs dramatically increase a patient's chances of suffering a heart
attack or other serious adverse events. The lawsuit further alleged that
despite its knowledge of these risks, GlaxoSmithKline promoted the drug as safe
The state purchased Avandia and the other drugs through the Employee
Prescription Drug Plan, the State Retiree Prescription Drug Plan, the Medical
Assistance Program and other state health care programs.
To see the settlement agreement visit:
For a redacted version of the complaint filed under seal by order of the court
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