Walgreens agrees to $35M drug-switching settlement

Walgreen Co. has agreed to pay $35 million to the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve allegations that it had switched patients to more expensive drugs to boost its Medicaid reimbursement. In the settlement, Walgreen Co. denies any wrongdoing. The case arose from a whistle-blower suit filed in 2003; the whistleblower asserted that between 2001 and 2005, Walgreens dispensed capsules rather than tablets of generic Zantac and Prozac, and brand-name and generic Eldepryl to Medicaid patients when doctors hadn't specified. Forty-six states and Puerto Rico will share the $16.4 million, and the federal portion of the settlement is $18.6 million. Whistleblower Bernard Listiza should receive a total of $5 million, which will be drawn from those moneys.

To learn more about the case:
- read this Modern Healthcare article (reg. req.)

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