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Mercury in Fish

In April 2003, a Proposition 65 lawsuit was brought by the California Attorney General against several restaurants, restaurant chains and supermarkets for failure to properly warn consumers about exposure to mercury in fish and seafood. A settlement was reached in February 2005 requiring the settling parties to pay civil penalties and to fund programs to educate consumers concerning mercury in fish and seafood and to monitor compliance with the injunctive relief portions of the settlement concerning the posting of warning signs.

Metals in Herbal Supplements

This settlement was the result of a Proposition 65 lawsuit alleging the presence of toxic levels of heavy metals in traditional Chinese medicines and herbal supplements. The funds will be used to increase community awareness of safety issues concerning herbal products and the health hazards posed by exposure to heavy metals contained in such products.

Unlawful Marketing of Drugs

"The Marketing of Medicines: Development, Dissemination and Evaluation of a Critical Skills Curriculum for Prescribers."

Fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the United States Attorney's office in Boston alleged that Warner-Lambert (now owned by Pfizer) marketed the anti-epilepsy drug Neurontin to physicians in an effort to encourage them to prescribe it for "off-label" purposes that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As a result of this alleged illegal marketing scheme, the states and the federal government initiated legal action and, on May 13, 2004, announced a $430 million settlement. The Public Health Trust was selected to design and administer part of the settlement, funding programs designed to provide health care professionals information relating to prescription drugs and the way in which drugs are marketed, with a view toward improving prescribing practices.

Project Advisory Committee

Read a full summary of settlements managed by the Public Health Trust.


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