Processing Magazine

Court allows Schering-Plough suit

May 28, 2007

Four former employees of drug maker Schering-Plough Corp.''s Argentinian subsidiary can sue over allegedly being fired for complaining about illegal marketing practices, including bribing doctors to boost drug sales, a New Jersey court ruled Friday. According to the Associated Press, the ruling by a three-judge panel of the Appellate Division means the employees, terminated in 2003, can proceed with most of their lawsuit, which had been thrown out by a lower court. The suit names the New Jersey-based company and five executives as defendants. The four longtime employees at Laboratorios Essex SA allege they were abruptly terminated after disclosing "widespread unethical and illegal marketing and sales practices." They claim Schering-Plough engaged in "the pervasive and routine bribing of doctors and public officials" to boost sales of the company''s cancer and infection-fighting drugs in Argentina.