Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Fen-Phen, a weight loss drug, was removed from the market in 1997. (See here). As one might suspect, it was followed by lawsuits to compensate those injured, and a class action settlement. (see here).
A recent sentencing in Mississippi concerns fraud related to this settlement. A DOJ Press Release states here that, "[a] Mississippi woman has been sentenced to 31 months in prison for her role in falsifying prescription documents on behalf of others in order to obtain funds from a settlement fund established for injuries caused by the so-called 'fen-phen' drugs." The press release states that the defendant "participated in the scheme to file false prescription documents on behalf of others in order to obtain funds from a $400 million settlement fund established following a suit against American Home Products, the maker of the diet drugs Redux and Pondomin, for injuries caused by fen-phen. Johnson was also ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution."