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Hawaii and 41 other states win $35M settlement with drug manufacturer


Hawaii and 41 other states won a $35 million drug settlement with Pfizer Inc.

The Aloha State will receive more than $448,000 as part of the settlement, which involved unlawful promotion of an immunosuppressive drug used as a prophylactic for organ rejection after kidney transplant surgery, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the state Office of Consumer Protection.

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., owned by Pfizer, allegedly violated Hawaii’s consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the uses and benefits of Rapamune, an immunosuppressive drug currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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