Madison County Record
By Chris Rizo
Illinois will receive more than $10 million as a part of a multi-state Medicaid fraud settlement with pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb.
In all, states will receive a combined total of $403 million from Squibb and its former wholly owned subsidiary Apothecon, Inc.
The settlement resolves lawsuits filed against the New York-based drugmaker by 44 states and the District of Columbia over the company’s marketing and pricing of prescription medications paid by the participating states’ Medicaid programs.
“We will continue to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable when they don’t follow the law,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement. “When drug companies do this, they prevent our Medicaid programs from receiving needed resources and, ultimately, harm the patients who benefit from these programs.”
The company was accused of reporting inflated prices for various prescription drugs. The figures are used by states and federal health care programs to help determine the prices they pay for Squibb and Apothecon products.
They were also accused of paying healthcare providers and pharmacies incentives to purchase Squibb and Apothecon products as well as promoting the sale and use of the antipsychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses.
In addition to settling state and federal claims, Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that requires the drug company to report its average sales prices and average manufacturers prices in the future.