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Walgreens Agrees to Pay $16 Million to Settle a Medicaid Overbilling Lawsuit

Walgreens, Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings and members of the USA Drug pharmacy chain have agreed to pay $16 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit regarding the alleged overbilling of government health programs, attorneys from Vogel, Slade & Goldstein and Susman Godfrey announced this week.

The law firms successfully led the whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of their client, James D. Strauser, a pharmacist who worked at USA Drug, a regional pharmacy chain acquired by Walgreen’s.

“We are pleased that this lawsuit returns millions of dollars to the U.S. taxpayers,” partner Shelley Slade said in a statement. “We are also encouraged that the resolution may deter illegal practices by the many pharmacies around the country who continue to ignore their obligations to pass on their usual and customary charges to government payers.”

Read the source article at Benefits Pro

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