GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to $750 Million Fine for Bad Drugs

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The British drug giant has agreed to settle civil and criminal complaints by paying $750 Million in a case initiated by whistle-blower Cheryl Eckard, a former employee of the company. For her part in the case, Eckhart will receive $96 million from the federal government, and also be entitled to monies from state governments.

The case involved products made at GlaxoSmithKline’s top manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico back in 2002. Eckard was sent to the facility to lead a team of 100 quality control experts to fix matters cited in a F.D.A warning letter. Once at the plant, Eckhard discovered even more safety violations, including contaminated water, air systems that allowed for product cross-contamination, improper storage facilities, lack of sterility in certain products, and mix-ups in doses of various drugs.

Shortly thereafter, Eckard began to complain to executives about the severity of the problems, even suggesting that defective products be recalled. Instead of taking any of her suggestions, she was terminated. Eckard then contacted the F.D.A. and a criminal investigation began.

The New York Times

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  1. chrys albaugh says:

    thank goodess for this brave woman’s exposure of what goes on behind the scenes in these big pharmo co.s!
    my husband worked in the industry until his death in april ’09. he was exposed to a severe & rare form of staph infection, i’m sure @ the labs. these places are locked downed buildings with anti-tank barriers built in front of them- in america!!
    the fact that any drug ever gets made in the 1st place is amazing, considering the constant set-backs, contamination, machine failure & human error that occur on a daily basis! big surprise from that point forward the system cont.s to break-down! secrecy is always the highest priority. i have no way to prove their fault in my husband’s untimely & suspicious manner- it takes an insider- like cheryl ekhardt!! she deserves every penny!! i’ve no doubt because of her brave actions, other families will not suffer the loss mine has!

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