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Arkansas to receive $945,000 in Pfizer settlement

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 12, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.

— Arkansas’ attorney general says the state will receive more than $945,000 in a settlement with Pfizer Inc. over the pharmaceutical company’s marketing of the drugs Zyvox and Lyrica.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday that he and 33 other attorneys general reached a $42.9 million settlement with Pfizer.

In the settlement, the states accuse Pfizer of using unfair and deceptive practices in promoting Zyvox, an antibacterial agent, and Lyrica, which is used to treat fibromyalgia.

McDaniel filed a consent judgment in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Wednesday to settle the claims against Pfizer.

Under the settlement, Pfizer is not admitting wrongdoing but says it will reform how it markets Zyvox and Lyrica.

Pfizer spokesman Steve Danehy says the company is committed to conducting business ethically and with integrity.

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mammaj says... December 12, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.

Lyrica has saved my life for 2 1/2 years now. Let Pfizer market their drugs!! I was in excruciating pain from trigeminal neuralgia and the only attack I've had in the past 2 1/2 years was the one where I skipped my medicine one day. I'm assuming that the settlement will mean that I will now have to pay MORE for that medicine. Gee--thanks layers!!

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