WVa Settles Lawsuit Against Eli Lilly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Eli Lilly & Co. will pay $22.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the West Virginia Attorney General's Office over the popular anti-psychotic drug zyprexa.

In the settlement unsealed Thursday, the Indianapolis-based company agreed to pay $15.75 million to West Virginia and $6.75 million to lawyers who represented the state.

The settlement says $14.75 million will be used to fund behavioral health care, and the remaining $1 million will go to consumer protection.

Lilly didn't acknowledge wrongdoing. West Virginia had claimed the company improperly marketed the drug.

Lilly settled a lawsuit over zyprexa involving 30 states in January for $1.42 billion.

The company still faces lawsuits in 11 other states.

U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn, N.Y., approved West Virginia's settlement in late July.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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