The FDA's $2.3 Billion Attack on Free Speech
By David Henderson
Even Google didn’t believe it. After Pfizer’s $2.3 billion settlement with the Food and Drug Administration was announced, if you were to search for the words “Pfizer 2.3 billion legal settlement,” Google responded with, “Did you mean: Pfizer 2.3 million legal settlement?” Unfortunately, we meant billion. What did this drug company do to merit a $2.3 billion record-breaking claim by the federal government? You might think it knowingly sold a dangerous drug without government permission or a drug that went on to cause hundreds of needless deaths–but no.
So begins my latest co-authored Forbes.com article, out today. The article is about how the FDA cracked down on Pfizer for communicating to doctors that their drugs are useful for “off-label” uses. I testified against this restriction on free speech in 1995.