Some of the points made, though, make one realize how difficult a situation the government was put in here. If you exclude Pfizer from Medicare and Medicaid, what are patients who are reliant on Pfizer-made medications to do? Something should be done to ensure that those who commit these kinds of crimes can be severely punished without negatively affecting millions of Americans who had nothing to do with the crime.
A penalty of 3 months profit for what Pfizer did and a requirement that, for the next 5 years, executives have to personally sign off that the company is not breaking the law? That's not adequate punishment, it's barely a slap on the wrist. Unfortunately, what politically feasible solution exists? Really, these companies have been allowed to grow too big, largely through acquisitions, to the point where there is no alternative but to look the other way.