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Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Accused of Racketeering in Epilepsy Drug Marketing Suit  
8/19/2013 8:06:14 AM

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Abbott Laboratories (ABT:US) allegedly engaged in racketeering when it led an effort to market the epilepsy drug Depakote for unapproved uses, according to a federal court complaint filed in Chicago. The pharmaceutical company last year agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle state and federal claims it promoted the drug’s use to treat bi-polar mania and to prevent migraine headaches. “Unfortunately, these sanctions were insufficient to compensate” for harm caused to injured claimants, according to today’s complaint by three health-benefit plans seeking to represent those claimants as a group.

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