Drug giant Pfizer to pay record $2.3B fine
* Story Highlights
* The record $2.3 billion fine is for illegally promoting certain pharmaceuticals
* One of those drugs was the anti-inflammatory medication linked to heart attacks
* Company plead guilty for "misbranding ... with the intent to defraud or mislead"
By Carol Cratty
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay a record $2.3 billion settlement to resolve criminal and civil liability for illegally promoting certain pharmaceuticals, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Officials from the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services said the world's largest drug company promoted four drugs for use on certain ailments or at dosages that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
One of those drugs was the anti-inflammatory medication Bextra, which Pfizer pulled off
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