Arkansas to receive $945,000 in Pfizer settlement

Posted: December 12, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.

— Arkansas’ attorney general says the state will receive more than $945,000 in a settlement with Pfizer Inc. over the pharmaceutical company’s marketing of the drugs Zyvox and Lyrica.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday that he and 33 other attorneys general reached a $42.9 million settlement with Pfizer.

In the settlement, the states accuse Pfizer of using unfair and deceptive practices in promoting Zyvox, an antibacterial agent, and Lyrica, which is used to treat fibromyalgia.

McDaniel filed a consent judgment in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Wednesday to settle the claims against Pfizer.

Under the settlement, Pfizer is not admitting wrongdoing but says it will reform how it markets Zyvox and Lyrica.

Pfizer spokesman Steve Danehy says the company is committed to conducting business ethically and with integrity.