Sun Pharma sales rep files retaliation lawsuit: 5 things to know

A former sales representative for Sun Pharmaceuticals filed a retaliation lawsuit against the drugmaker, claiming he was fired for complaining about its marketing tactics, according to STAT news. 

Five things to know:

1. Damian Frantz claims that a Sun Pharma supervisor directed him to "aggressively solicit opportunities" to push off-label uses, or those uses that have not been approved by the FDA, of the company's drugs to physicians and health plan representatives. 

2. Mr. Frantz said his supervisor also directed his team "not to put such solicitations in writing, but to make the pitch in person, over the phone or in any untraceable manner."

3. After he complained several times about the pressure to distribute and push off-label uses of Sun Pharma's drugs, Mr. Frantz said he was fired. 

4. Mr. Franz is seeking damages and to recoup attorneys' fees.

5. Pharmaceutical companies have urged the FDA to loosen regulations, arguing that they violate free speech rights. 

Access the full report here.

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