BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts will get more than $2.5 million of a $60 million national settlement with Pfizer Inc. over advertising for the Celebrex and Bextra pain relief drugs.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the state’s portion of the settlement Wednesday, following a five-year investigation to determine whether Pfizer misrepresented the drugs as safer and more effective than traditional pain relievers.

Investigators concluded Pfizer conducted an aggressive, deceptive and unlawful campaign to promote the drugs for uses that had been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.

The drugs were designed to reduce the stomach and gastrointestinal irritation that can accompany traditional pain relievers.


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