Financial assistance

Judge Says Pfizer’s Heart Medication Co-Pay Program A Bribe


By Andrew Karpan (October 1, 2021, 9:18 p.m. EDT) – A New York federal judge has found that Pfizer’s planned efforts to provide financial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries for an expensive drug that treats fatal heart disease are in violation an anti-recoil law.

In a ruling Thursday night, U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil dismissed a lawsuit brought by Pfizer Inc. against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last year in its efforts to market two drugs that treat transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, a rare disease affecting the heart muscle, which causes the heart to stiffen and limit its ability to pump blood to the …

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