State wins drug-pricing lawsuit against Sandoz

by Associated Press

Published: September 7,2011

Tags: courts, drugs, Medicaid, medicines, pharmaceuticals, price fixing, state government

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says the state has been awarded $38.2 million in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.

Hood says a judge found that a pharmaceutical company, Sandoz Inc., inflated the average wholesale prices for its generic drugs.

In a news release yesterday, Hood says the inflated number caused Mississippi Medicaid to lose money by paying pharmacies too much.

Calls to a Mississippi attorney for Sandoz were not immediately returned. It wasn’t clear whether the company, based in Germany, would appeal the ruling.

The case was decided by Thomas Zebert, acting as a special chancery judge in Rankin County.

Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove represented Mississippi as a private attorney in the lawsuit, filed years after he left office in 2004. Hood’s office says Musgrove’s fees haven’t been determined.

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