Pfizer and the Department of Health and Human Services

Corporate Integrity Agreement with Pfizer


Pfizer general counsel will no longer oversee its compliance program under the terms of the $2.3bn settlement resolving allegations of illegal marketing of painkiller Bextra and several other drugs.

Instead, the chief compliance officer at the world's largest drug maker will report directly to the chief executive. The move is required by this corporate integrity agreement between Pfizer and the office of the inspector general of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The change is intended to eliminate conflicts of interest, and prevent Pfizer's in-house lawyers from reviewing or editing reports required by the agreement, said Lewis Morris, chief counsel for the inspector general's office. Officials at Pfizer did not respond to requests for comment.

A "corporate integrity agreement" is an administrative alternative to excluding Pfizer from participating in US federal health care programs.

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