July 27, 2012: California and 28 other states have reached a $151 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging one of the country’s largest drug wholesalers inflated prescription drug prices, costing the states’ Medicaid programs millions in overpayments.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the settlement with San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. on Friday. In California, Harris says the overpayments went on from 2001 through 2009.
California will receive about $23.5 million of the settlement amount. The other states include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington.
The settlement stems from a 2005 whistleblower lawsuit that was filed under federal and states’ false claims statutes. The federal government settled its portion of the lawsuit for more than $187 million in April 2012. A call to McKesson for comment was not immediately returned.
Source: The John & Rusty Report via Word & Brown