Lipitor Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Pfizer Artificially Drove Up Sales and Committed Medicare Fraud, Reports Wright & Schulte LLC

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Recently released court documents in a Lipitor whistleblower lawsuit, indicate that Pfizer is alleged to have misled both the public and medical professionals regarding the need for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor in the effort to artificially drive up drug sales.

Lipitor-Whistleblower-LawsuitsAlthough this Lipitor qui tam whistleblower lawsuit (Case 1:13-cv-11917-NMG) was originally filed by the plaintiff, Health Support Awareness Inc., back on August 9, 2013, Wright & Schulte has only recently become aware of the specific details of the allegations in this case because qui tam claims like this one require that plaintiffs keep their allegations confidential until the Department of Justice (DOJ) has reviewed the case and made a decision regarding whether it will be involved in prosecuting the defendants.

In this Lipitor lawsuit, the DOJ has declined to prosecute Pfizer for its alleged role in defrauding both the public and the government’s Medicare program.

Allegations in the Lipitor Whistleblower Lawsuit

The specific allegations that have been levied against Pfizer claim that the drug company beguiled both the medical community and the public into thinking that certain cholesterol levels were unsafe and, as a result, contend more people than necessary were prescribed Lipitor to prevent serious health complications related to high cholesterol levels, such as heart attacks.

Additionally, Wright & Schulte has learned through court documents that Pfizer allegedly tried to manipulate doctors in to lowering their recommended “healthy” levels of cholesterol for patients and to have paid off Ranbaxy, another pharmaceutical company, to wait on producing a generic form of Lipitor. All of these tactics, court documents explain, were intended to artificially drive up both the assumed need for Lipitor and the price of the drug.

Documents further state Pfizer allegedly defrauding the public, and the medical community, into thinking that it needed to be taking, or prescribing Lipitor. Documents also content that Pfizer committed Medicare fraud on the basis that, between 2007 and 2010, approximately 43 percent of Medicare patients were taking Lipitor, or another statin drug, costing Medicare roughly $6.7 billion in 2010.

Allegations in Lipitor Product Liability Lawsuits

In reviewing the allegations in this Lipitor whistleblower lawsuit, Wright & Schulte has discovered how these allegations are generally similar to those that Pfizer is facing in thousands of other Lipitor product liability lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of injured patients throughout the U.S. Namely, the general theme of all of the allegations Pfizer has been charged with contend that the drug maker falsely marketed the cholesterol medication to the public in an effort to artificially increase sales at the expense of the public’s health and safety.

More specifically, in the Lipitor product liability cases, plaintiffs are also alleging that use of Lipitor caused them to develop diabetes (and other serious health complications), that Pfizer knew or should have known about the significant risks of serious side effects associated with the use of Lipitor and that the company failed to warn the public about these risks.

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