Alexion raided by Brazilian police in sales investigation

A CORPORATE TAX CUT for New Haven, Conn.-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals was approved by the R.I. Economic Development Corporation Monday Night for the company's Smithfield location. / COURTESY ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS
NEW HAVEN, CONN.-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals, which has a production facility in Smithfield, is under investigation by Brazilian authorities for illegal marketing practices. / COURTESY ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS
BRASILIA, Brazil - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Sao Paulo offices were raided by Brazilian authorities Monday as part of an investigation into the drugmaker’s sales practices, according to an emailed statement from the country’s national police. Brazil’s police are investigating whether Alexion, with help from a local patient association, subsidized lawsuits for patients to get access…

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