Pfizer will pay $67.5 million to settle investor lawsuit over Pristiq

Former shareholders of the company’s Wyeth Inc. unit claim that the company failed to disclose potential risks associated with the antidepressant

Pfizer Inc. is opening its coffers yet again, this time to settle a class-action suit involving former Wyeth Inc. shareholders who claim the pharmaceutical company misinformed them about the side effects of its antidepressant, Pristiq.

According to the shareholders, Wyeth, which Pfizer acquired in 2009, inflated its stock prices when it failed to disclose possible adverse effects of Pristiq, including potential heart and liver problems. In July 2007, the company announced that the Food and Drug Administration would not approve the drug for the treatment of hot flashes until it knew more about its risks. Following the news, Wyeth shares lost more than $7.6 billion of market value.

Alanna Byrne

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