The former medical director of a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to promoting off-label use of computer devices in an effort to boost sales of an AIDS drug.
Norma Muurahainen, a physician who worked at Serono Laboratories, was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Boston to one year of probation and fined $150,000. She pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor accounts in July.
Prosecutors said Muurahainen, 56, encouraged the use of portable devices to measure loss of body cell mass in AIDS patients without approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Officials say she had the power to stop the program, but did not.