David Franklin

Scientist, Academic

1961 –


Who is David Franklin?

David Franklin is an American microbiologist and former fellow of Harvard Medical School who while employed by Parke-Davis filed the 1996 whistleblower lawsuit exposing their illegal promotion of Neurontin for off-label uses. Franklin's suit, filed on behalf of the citizens of the United States under the qui tam provisions of US federal and state law, uncovered illegal pharmaceutical industry practices and created new legal precedent that resulted in a cascade of criminal convictions and civil and criminal penalties against Pfizer and several other pharmaceutical companies totalling more than $7 billion. Civil cases also followed Franklin v. Parke-Davis in which insurance providers sued Pfizer for fraud. Franklin testified before the jury which found Pfizer guilty of fraud and violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and awarded more than $142 million to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Franklin v. Pfizer also spawned more than a thousand wrongful death suits associated with use of Neurontin. Numerous books have addressed the social, economic and healthcare implications of Dr. Franklin's stance and actions. The settlement was the first off-label promotion settlement under the False Claims Act.

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Rhode Island
  • United States of America
  • Harvard Medical School
  • University of Rhode Island
Lived in
  • Hopkinton

on July 23, 2013


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