February 8

Drug companies that market their products for non-FDA approved uses are not only breaking the law, they're putting the public's health at risk. Yesterday, I announced a $5.5 million settlement with AstraZeneca to resolve allegations of off-label marketing of Seroquel, a drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of schizophrenia and various bipolar disorders in adults.

AstraZeneca illegally promoted Seroquel's off-label uses in children and adolescents well before establishing that the drug was not safe or effective for any use by that age group. This type of deceptive marketing is not tolerated in Kentucky. I'm pleased that we were able to reach a settlement that recovers millions of dollars for vital state programs and for Kentucky taxpayers. Please see our press release for more information.

It was a privilege to speak to Commonwealth's Attorneys and County Attorneys gathered in Lexington yesterday for their annual conferences. Working together with members of the prosecutorial community, we have accomplished a great deal for Kentucky families. We've implemented the Electronic Warrant Management System (eWarrants) system in Kentucky's rural communities, warned kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, made the Internet a safer place for our kids and we've been a voice for the Commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens.

While in Lexington, I also had the opportunity to address the winter meeting of the Kentucky County Judge Executive's Association. I've worked with many of our Judge Executives to tackle issues that affect families, local communities and our Commonwealth. I truly value the friendships I have forged with community leaders across the state and look forward to our continued efforts to make Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

I'd also like to thank the members of the St. X Business & Professional Association for their warm welcome at the Olmstead in Louisville this morning.

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