WisBusiness: Walgreens to pay state $1.9 million


Walgreens has agreed to pay nearly $1.9 million to the Wisconsin Medicaid Program to settle allegations of improper billing, Attorney General Van Hollen announced today.

The payment, part of a $35 million settlement with the United States, 42 states, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, resolves claims that Walgreens violated various state and federal statutes and regulations by switching dosage forms of three medications commonly prescribed for Medicaid patients.

That caused causing Medicaid programs nationwide to pay substantially more for these drugs than they otherwise would have, Van Hollen’s office said.

“Companies must provide state Medicaid programs with the best price for their product,” said Van Hollen.

“We will continue to work with attorneys general in other states to investigate and prosecute improper practices to protect the public treasury,” he said.

See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=127971