Side Effects for a Pain Killer

Just as A.H. Robins was filing for bankruptcy last week because of a product- liability case, another leading drug company, Eli Lilly, was having its own legal problems. Lilly, a maker of drugs (Darvon, a pain killer) and fragrances (Chloe), faced charges concerning Oraflex, a medicine for arthritis.

The Indianapolis-based company pleaded guilty to criminal charges for not informing federal officials that Oraflex had been linked to deaths and illnesses in foreign countries before it was approved for consumption in the U.S. Lilly also failed to warn consumers that Oraflex could have side effects on the liver and kidneys. In a...

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