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April 20, 2017

Posted  April 20, 2017

California announced a $9.8 million settlement with Walgreens, one of the largest drugstore chains in the United States. The settlement involved allegations that Walgreens failed to adhere fully to requirements imposed by California law for the dispensing of certain prescriptions drugs under Medi‑Cal. The settlement is the result of lawsuits filed by whistleblowers and investigated and resolved by federal and state prosecutors. The lawsuits alleged that for more than five years, Walgreens falsely certified that it had complied with diagnosis-related requirements for the lawful dispensing of prescriptions to Medi‑Cal patients. Through the Bureau of Medi‑Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA), the Attorney General’s office regularly works with whistleblowers and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute fraud perpetrated on the Medi‑Cal program. False claims lawsuits pursued by the Attorney General in the last two years have recovered tens of millions of dollars from some of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies for allegations of improper marketing, falsifying reports to inflate prices, and other wrongful practices. CA

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