Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that the state is expected to receive $6 million following a lawsuit settlement with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation.
The lawsuits filed by the Attorney General claim that Merck inflated the average wholesale prices for their drugs and as a result, the Kentucky Medicaid program paid millions of dollars more in drug reimbursements than it should have.
Attorney General Conway was quoted as saying he was pleased to recover this money for the Medicaid program and Kentucky taxpayers.
General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection is also pursuing additional litigation against Merck for false and misleading statements regarding the safety of a pain reliever that was pulled from the market in 2004.
The case is scheduled for trial in Franklin Circuit Court in the fall of 2013.
Since January 2008, the Office of the Attorney General has recovered over $230 million on behalf of state and federal Medicaid programs.