New York One Of Several States Settling With Walgreens Over Insulin Fraud

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State Attorney General Letitia James yesterday announced that New York, along with the federal government and several other states, reached a nationwide $209.2 million settlement with Walgreens concerning allegations of fraudulent over-dispensing of insulin pens at its pharmacies.

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The action settles allegations that when filling insulin prescriptions, Walgreens did not always adhere to the dosage outlined by the prescribing doctor, but rather dispensed insulin pens in boxes containing five pens, regardless of the patient’s needs.

This resulted in a pattern where Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries were routinely receiving more insulin than prescribed and Walgreens was then billing Medicaid for the additional doses.

New York will receive just over $6.5 million from the settlement in restitution and other recovery.

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