Amgen fired a project manager for complaining that the pharmaceutical giant underreported "adverse events" involving "every product it markets," the man claims in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Ventura, Ca.,Courthouse News reports.
Shawn O'Brien says Amgen continues to underreport "post marketing adverse event" data to the FDA and that he was ordered to "stop all work" in 2007 after he found that Amgen's post-marketing product complaints department was underreporting adverse data for "every product it markets." O'Brien says he was told not to discuss the issue with anyone, and four weeks later he was fired in a "reduction in force." He seeks lost wages and punitive damages for wrongful firing, retaliation and unfair competition, and an injunction preventing Amgen from enforcing a mandatory arbitration contract he says he was forced to sign when Amgen hired him in 2003.
Hat tip to Pharmagossip