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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Levine v. Wyeth

Diana Levine claimed that, as a result of being injected with the Wyeth antinausea drug Phenergan as part of migraine treatment, she developed gangrene and had to have part of her arm amputated. A Vermont jury determined that Levine’s injury would not have occurred if Phenergan’s label included an adequate warning, and it awarded $7.4 million in damages, which the court later reduced. Arguing that Levine’s claims were pre-empted by federal law because Phenergan’s labeling had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Wyeth appealed the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which affirmed the award in March 2009.

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Supreme Court Decision
3/4/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Wyeth $6,774,000
Further Information Released
Supreme Court Opinion 4/8/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database