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2009年9月11日VOA经济报道 –药品非法营销及辉瑞制药天价罚款

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ECONOMICS REPORT - Illegal Marketing of Drugs: Pfizer's Record Fine 

2009 9 11 VOA 经济报道 药品非法营销及辉瑞制药天价罚款。

This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.
这里是 VOA 特别英语的经济报道

The world's largest drug company has agreed to pay almost two and a half billion dollars for illegal marketing of medicines. The settlement between Pfizer and the United States Justice Department was announced last week.

全球最大的制药公司业已同意,为药品非法营销支付大约 25 亿美元。辉瑞与美国司法部之间的裁决于上周宣布。

The settlement is the nation's largest ever in a case of health care fraud. It also includes the largest criminal fine ever in any case in the United States, more than one billion dollars. Pfizer agreed to pay another billion for violations of a civil law, the False Claims Act. Pfizer, based in New York, had sales last year of forty-eight billion dollars.

这一裁决是美国保健欺诈案例中最大金额。这一裁决也是美国任何案例中最大的刑事罚款,超过 10 亿美元。辉瑞制药同意因违犯民法 ( 虚假法 ) 而另行支付 10 亿美元。辉瑞制药位于纽约,去年的销售收入为 480 亿美元。 保健。大的制药公司业已同意,支付

A Pfizer division, Pharmacia & Upjohn, agreed to plead guilty to a criminal violation over the painkiller Bextra. Pfizer pushed sales of Bextra for several uses unapproved by the government because of safety concerns. It also pushed for use in unapproved amounts. Pfizer withdrew Bextra from the market in two thousand five because of links to heart attacks and other problems.

辉瑞 制药一个事业部 ( 法玛西亚-普强公司 ) 就止痛药伐地考昔的违犯刑法承认有罪。辉瑞制药还强行促销伐地考昔因安全因素而未被美国政府批准的几个用途。辉瑞制药在 2005 年因与心脏病及其它问题有关而从市场撤回伐地考昔。

Pfizer also faced civil charges over Bextra as well as an anti-psychotic drug, Geodon; an antibiotic, Zyvox; and an anti-epilepsy drug, Lyrica. Officials said Pfizer paid health care providers to prescribe these medicines for conditions other than the ones for which they are approved. This is called "off-label" use of a drug.

辉瑞制药也面临 伐地考昔以及抗精神病药 ( 吉尔登 ) 、抗生素 ( 斯沃 ) 及抗癫痫药 ( 利痛抑 ) 的多项民事指控。美国官员说,辉瑞制药向保健方付钱,为未批准疾病开出这些药品。这是药品的“适应症外”用途。

Doctors are permitted to try off-label uses to treat their patients. The idea is that a doctor might find other ways that a drug is effective. But federal law bars drug companies from marketing their products for unapproved uses.

医生允许尝试 “适应症外”用途,医治病人。这一想法是医生也许会发现药品有效的其它途径。但是,联邦法禁止制药公司促销 ( 产品 ) 未经批准用途。

Kathleen Sebelius is the secretary of health and human services.

凯瑟琳 · 西贝利厄斯 是 卫生与公众服务部部长。

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: "This settlement is historic not only because it's the most money taxpayers have ever recovered from a drug company, but also because it includes the most comprehensive corporate integrity agreement that a drug company has ever signed in the United States."

凯瑟琳 · 西贝利厄斯:“这一裁决是历史性的,不仅仅是因为这一裁决是纳税人从制药公司收回的最大金额,并且也是因为其包括制药公司在美国所签署的最全面的公司诚信协定。”

Under the agreement, doctors will have a way to report abuses by Pfizer sales representatives. And officials said Pfizer will have to make "detailed disclosures" on its Web site. Pfizer announced a plan in February to publicly disclose its financial relationships with doctors, medical organizations and patient groups.

根据这一协议,医生有了报告辉瑞制药销售代表滥用的途径。另外,美国政府官员还说,辉瑞制药必须在其网站上进行“详细的披露”。辉瑞制药在 2 月份宣布了一项计划,公开披露与医生、医疗机构及病人团体之间的财务关系。

Yet this is not the company's first corporate integrity agreement with the government. Pfizer has now been fined for illegal marketing four times since two thousand two.

但是,这并非是辉瑞制药与美国政府之间的第一个公司诚信协定。辉瑞制药自 2002 年以来已经因非法营销罚款四次。

Prescription drugs represent only about one-tenth of all health care spending in the United States. But fast-growing demand and prices have made them part of the debate over health reform.

处方药仅仅占美国所有保健开支的大约 1/10 。但是,快速需求及价格已经使处方药成为保健改革的争议之一。

And that's the VOA Special English Economics Report, written by Mario Ritter. I'm Bob Doughty.

这是由 Mario Ritter 编写的 VOA 特别英语经济报道。我是 Bob Doughty 。

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