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Drug Rep Files Lawsuit Against Merck over Gardasil Marketing

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A lawsuit has been filed in Hunterdon County Court N.J. by David Turkheimer against Merck & Co., alleging that Turkheimer was fired for refusing to illegally market Merck’s Gardasil HPV drug.

The lawsuit alleges that Merck’s general business manager John Connelly requested that Turkheimer tell a specific doctor that prescribing the drug would lower insurance rates, and that patients could face death if they weren’t prescribed the drug  and the doctor could face litigation.

Turkheimer claims that after refusing to market the drug as requested, the general manager began to undermine him and look for a way to fire him.

Turkheimer claims he was taking Ambien for sleep apnea and prednisone for a rash and was unaware that combining the two drugs could cause sleepwalking, which he said occurred one morning causing him to crash his car.

Turkheimer alleges in the lawsuit that Connelly sought his medical  records while he was in the hospital after the accident and learned that Turkheimer had been given antipsychotic drugs. Later, Connelly  accused the plaintiff of driving under the influence and told human resources that Turkheimer was loopy and unstable. Turkheimer was fired shortly thereafter.

The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination, disability discrimination and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Drug Rep Files Lawsuit Against Merck over Gardasil Marketing was posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 8:00 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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