Attorney General Jackley and 48 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $71 Million Consumer Settlement with Amgen Concerning Biologic Medications Aranesp® and Enbrel®

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Friday, August 21, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley and 48 other States have reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that Amgen unlawfully promoted biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel. Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia by stimulating bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis. The Complaint and Consent Judgment filed today alleges that Amgen violated state consumer protection laws by: (1) promoting Aranesp for dosing frequencies longer than the FDA approved label without competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate the extended dosing frequencies; (2) promoting Aranesp for anemia caused by cancer without having FDA approval or competent and reliable scientific evidence to support it; and (3) promoting Enbrel for mild plaque psoriasis even though Enbrel is only approved by the FDA to treat chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. South Dakota’s share in this settlement is $738,994.41.

The Consent Judgment also requires Amgen to reform its marketing and promotional practices. For example, under the terms of the Consent Judgment Amgen shall not: