From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey  announced his Office has participated in a $71 million multi-state settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations it unlawfully promoted the biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel.

West Virginia will receive $845,637.82 as part of the settlement, which was negotiated between the company and Attorneys General from 48 states and the District of Columbia. A complaint in the matter was filed Tuesday morning in Kanawha County Circuit Court.
“This settlement is a win for West Virginia consumers,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We enforce our consumer protection laws in a vigorous yet fair manner, and this settlement will help ensure West Virginia doctors and patients aren’t deceived by unlawful drug marketing practices.”
Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia by stimulating bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis.

The complaint and settlement allege that Amgen violated state consumer protection laws by: In addition to the $71 million settlement, the agreement requires the company to reform its marketing and promotional practices, including conditions that it shall not: “This settlement agreement will help protect West Virginia consumers by sending a message that we will not tolerate the use of deceptive or improper marketing practices,” Attorney General Morrisey said.
In addition to West Virginia, the other states participating in this settlement are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming and the District of Columbia.
A copy of the complaint can be viewed here: