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Walgreens to Pay $35 Million to U.S., 46 States & Puerto Rico to Settle Medicaid Prescription Drug Fraud Allegations
Date:6/4/2008

to protect patients, pharmacies must know that they are subjecting themselves to the possibility of triple damages, civil penalties and attorney fees," said Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. "These penalties, coupled with the willingness of insiders to report fraud, should deter such misconduct, but when it doesn't, the result in this case and others serves notice that we will aggressively pursue all available legal remedies."

Walgreens has also entered into a compliance agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to insure that Walgreens does not improperly switch drugs in the future. The compliance agreement will be in effect for five years.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) supervised the joint federal and state health care fraud investigation with assistance from the Civil Division, the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU), the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


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