Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Sep 18 2007
OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the state's Medicaid program will be reimbursed nearly $2.7 million as part of a settlement with drug manufacturers Purdue Pharma and Purdue Frederick Company. The settlement stems from allegations the company improperly marketed the pain medication OxyContin to health providers.
Aug 26 2007
A troubling trend is affecting teens in Washington and around the country -- a trend that most parents do not even know about. More and more young people are abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicines in surprising numbers, not realizing that seeking that next "high" could bring them and their families to a new low.
May 8 2007
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a $19.5 million multi-state settlement with Purdue Pharma. Washington will receive $719,500 from the agreement, which resolves allegations the company aggressively marketed its painkiller OxyContin to doctors while downplaying the risk of addiction.
Jan 25 2007
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a $8 million, multi-state settlement with Bayer Corporation concerning its marketing of Baycol, a drug used to lower cholesterol that was withdrawn from the market more than six years ago.
Aug 29 2006
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Robin Arnold-Williams today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program will recover more than $3 million from a settlement with drug manufacturer Schering-Plough Corporation that resolves allegations that the company improperly marketed several products.
Aug 16 2006
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program will receive $660,500 as part of a national settlement with drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.
Apr 13 2006
SEATTLE – The University of Washington was awarded nearly $400,000 to educate health care providers about the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on how drugs are prescribed, Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today.
Apr 12 2006
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program, the University of Washington Medical Center and other public health providers will share part of a $3.5 million national settlement with the manufacturer of the drug Augmentin.
Mar 28 2006
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program, the University of Washington Medical Center and other public health providers will share part of $14 million national settlement with the manufacturer of the drug Paxil.
Mar 24 2006
Tacoma – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) reached agreement with a pharmaceutical company that incorrectly reported prices to the government for several of its drugs and paid millions of dollars less in rebates to government entities, including state Medicaid programs.

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