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"Pharma Exec Convicted Of Pushing Alternative Uses For Drug"



Opening up new frontiers of business prosecution [Business Insider, New York Times] Jacob Sullum at Reason sees it this way:

In this case, a CEO is being held criminally liable for claims that were truthful, though arguably misleading. The government essentially is converting a disagreement about the interpretation of medical data and the emphasis of a press release into a felony. "One position in a scientific dispute has been criminalized," says Harkonen's lawyer, and he's right that it's "quite an astonishing thing."


 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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