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J&J Whistle-Blower Jones Says He Was Fired After Payment Probe

A whistle-blower who sued Johnson & Johnson over the marketing of its antipsychotic Risperdal told a jury he was fired after probing company payments to a top pharmacist in Pennsylvania’s government who hid the money.

Allen Jones testified yesterday in state court in Austin, Texas, that he was an investigator in the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General in 2002 when he looked into an unregistered bank account run by Steven Fiorello, the pharmacist. Fiorello was on a Pennsylvania committee weighing whether to require doctors to give priority to newer, more expensive drugs like Risperdal in state-funded treatment of mental-health patients, Jones said.