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Ga among 44 states included in $105M settlement with drug company

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International pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $105 million to settle complaints that the company unlawfully marketed three drugs.

A total of 44 states, including Georgia, are included in the settlement.

The settlement resolves allegations that the London-based company illegally marketed the popular asthma drug Advair and two antidepressants, Paxil and Wellbutrin, for purposes that hadn't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

"We are committed to stopping illegal marketing practices by businesses that put their own interests before what is best for their customers," Administrator John Sours was quoted saying in a news release. "This conduct is especially pernicious because it involves the long-term and widespread distribution of powerful drugs, which were repeatedly and carelessly disseminated for many years."

Also participating in the settlement are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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