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Massachusetts Receives Cash From Avandia Suit

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Massachusetts is getting more than $2.1 million to settle claims that British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline LLC deceptively promoted the diabetes drug Avandia.
The payment is part of a $90 million settlement between GlaxoSmithKline and attorneys general from 38 different states.

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office says the Massachusetts share of the settlement will mostly fund programs to lower health care costs for residents, combat unlawful marketing practices in the health care market or benefit consumers.

Attorney generals say GlaxoSmithKline misrepresented Avandia’s cardiovascular risks and safety profile. The agreement requires the company to reform its marketing practices and to publicize information about any company-sponsored clinical trials on its diabetes drugs.

GlaxoSmithKline doesn’t admit any wrongdoing. A spokeswoman says the company firmly believes it acted responsibly in testing, marketing and monitoring the safety of Avandia.  (Associated Press)

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