When forced to make a decision on whether to warn the public about Zyprexa or abide by a court order that could result in the death and injury of thousands upon thousands of more people, Dr Egilman obviously followed the natural instinct of any decent human being and gave up the documents.
Whether or not he actually realized what consequences he might face is anyone's guess, but he no doubt recognizes the consequences of crossing the drug giant today.
On September 7, 2007, Lilly issued a press release with the headline: "Egilman Admits Wrongdoing in Illegally Releasing Documents to New York Times and Resolves Case to Avoid Possible Civil and Criminal Sanctions".
The release said that Dr Egilman will pay $100,000, and in return, the company "agreed to forego seeking criminal and civil penalties against Dr. Egilman for his illegal activities."
Although it will be interesting to see how many "Good Samaritans" will stick their neck out for the common good after hearing about Dr Egilman's fate, it is apparently still easy to find doctors willing to prescribe Zyprexa off-label because SEC filings show Lilly earned $4.36 billion from the drug in 2006
With all that said, on September 6, 2007, it was certainly a Deja Vue moment when the judge in Mr Gottstein's latest case against forced drugging in Alaska, issued an order to have the court hearing and file closed, even though the client had elected to have it open. "
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