Connecticut joins AWP suit against McKesson, First DataBank

June 4, 2008

The state of Connecticut has joined in the class-action suit against McKesson, First DataBank, and Medi-Span over inflated average wholesale prices.

The Connecticut attorney general has joined the sprawling average wholesale price suit filed against McKesson, First DataBank, and Medi-Span. The lawsuit accuses McKesson of conspiring with First DataBank to inflate reimbursement by expanding the spread between AWP and the wholesale acquisition cost by an additional 5%. "Millions of dollars are due to taxpayers and consumers who paid inflated drug costs as a result of McKesson's illegal and deceptive practices," said Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's attorney general, in filing the suit. Although a settlement has been proposed between the plaintiffs and First DataBank and Medi-Span, McKesson denies any wrongdoing, stating, "We believe the allegations lack merit and intend to vigorously defend ourselves." Medi-Span is accused solely of negligence.

To see more Daily News articles, click here.

To go to the Drug Topics homepage, clickhere.