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STAT Plus: Former Biogen sales rep, who says she was fired for complaining about off-label marketing, is awarded $6 million

A federal jury in Seattle has awarded nearly $6 million to a former Biogen (BIIB) sales rep who claimed she was fired after complaining about being pressured to pursue off-label marketing for a multiple sclerosis treatment.

In her lawsuit, Danita Erickson contended that, in the fall of 2017, Biogen sought to ensure that Zinbryta was prescribed by a hematologist for a patient with aplastic anemia — a condition in which the body does not produce enough blood cells — and who was also on Medicare. However, the medicine was only approved for treating relapsing multiple sclerosis patients.

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