Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

September 25, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Florida Obtains More Than $900,000 from Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi, 49 other attorneys general, and the federal government today reached a $56.5 million settlement with Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a Pennsylvania based company, to resolve allegations that the company engaged in off-label marketing campaigns that improperly promoted five of its drugs: Adderrall XR, Vyvanse, Daytrona, Lialda and Pentasa. Adderrall XR, Vyvanse and Daytrona are United States Food and Drug Administration approved for treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Lialda and Pentasa are approved for treatment of mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis. The Medicaid program will receive $48.1 million of the settlement to resolve civil allegations of false submitted claims to government health care programs. Florida’s share of the total Medicaid settlement amounts to more than $900,000. The settlement is the first national settlement in which Medicaid managed care damages have been calculated and included as part of a recovery.

The settlement alleges Shire Pharmaceuticals promoted:

The settlement resulted from two qui tam lawsuits originally filed by whistleblowers in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Northern District of Illinois under the federal False Claims Act and various state false claims statutes.