Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Deceptive Advertising in New York Copayment Coupon Program

Pfizer settled a New York State investigation into its business and advertising practices for its copayment coupon program. The settlement resolved allegations that Pfizer deceptively marketed its copayment coupon program for its Estring, Quillivant XR and Quillichew ER, and Flector Patch products when it distributed these copayment coupons to consumers without clearly and conspicuously disclosing the material terms and conditions. According to a New York Attorney General press release announcing the settlement, “consumers were told that they would ‘pay no more than’ $15 or $20, for example, for certain drugs – but ended up spending far more at the pharmacy cash register.” The company agreed to pay $500,000 in penalties, fees, and costs to the state, and over $200,000 in restitution to consumers.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Pfizer, Inc. $700,000
Further Information Released
New York AG Press Release 10/11/2018

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database