Saturday, January 22, 2011
U.S. v. Laura Stevens is fairly emblematic of the healthcare cases that the Office of Consumer Litigation works with. Laura Stevens was an attorney for a pharmaceutical company that was accused of promoting "off label" uses for the drug. An "off label" use is when a company markets a drug for a purpose other then what the FDA had approved it for. For example, if Tylenol started to claim that their product could be used to lower cholesterol that would be an "off label" violation. Laura Stevens' trial does not deal specifically with "off label" marketing, rather Stevens is on trial for allegedly lying to the FDA about the Pharmaceutical Company's use of "off label" marketing and obstruction of justice.