States settle suit with Pfizer

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Vermont and 18 other states have reached a $6 million settlement with Pfizer over the company’s antibiotic ads. Attorneys general in the states accused the company of misrepresenting the performance of an antibiotic by implying the medication was superior to similar drugs.

The drug, Zithromax, is a best-selling antibiotic for severe ear infections. Pfizer admits no guilt in the settlement, which requires the company to pay $2 million toward public service announcements during the next three cold seasons.

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