POSTED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — State District Judge Wilson Fields has set trial dates commencing next year for the state’s lawsuit against more than 100 drug manufacturers, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. Judge Fields of the 19th Judicial District Court scheduled a series of three separate trial dates beginning on March 4, 2013, June 17, 2013, and October 7, 2013.
The lawsuit, State of Louisiana v. Abbott Laboratories consolidated with State of Louisiana v. McKesson Corporation, alleges that the defendants committed fraud and violated the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act and Louisiana’s Medical Assistance Programs Integrity Law.
Attorney General Caldwell has made it a priority to aggressively pursue the recovery of taxpayer funded Medicaid program dollars. “I look forward to the state having its day in court,” Caldwell said.
“I stand with the Attorney General in our efforts to bring to justice those who steal public resources through acts of fraud,” said Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. “Louisiana taxpayers and those we serve rightfully demand that we protect their resources, and no entity or act of fraud is too big or too small to warrant our most fervent prosecution and recovery efforts.”
In the last 90 days, six of the defendant pharmaceutical companies have paid Louisiana a combined total of $27.2 million for misreporting drug price information to Louisiana’s Medicaid program, Caldwell said. The Medicaid reimbursements are based on what is called Average Wholesale Prices or AWPs.
Since 2008, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has recovered more than $140 million for the state’s Medicaid program.