Nov 23 2011
OLYMPIA — Attorney General McKenna announced today that Washington state has joined with 42 other states and the federal government in reaching an agreement with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (Merck) to settle civil and criminal allegations that Merck marketed Vioxx for unapproved uses.
Oct 24 2011
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington state has reached a settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer, Inc., concluding a government investigation into allegations that the company engaged in illegal off-label marketing schemes to promote the sales of its urology drug Detrol for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Oct 24 2011
OLYMPIA – A Spokane County Jury on Oct. 21 found Melody Wright guilty of one count of First Degree Theft, and ten counts of Medicaid False Statements for obtaining Medicaid payments while not providing the contracted hours of service to her mother, a Medicaid recipient. As a result of her fraudulent billings, Wright received $13,092 to which she was not entitled.
Jul 21 2011
Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit gives updates on Lewis and Thurston County casesOLYMPIA – The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) announced two new developments today. Robert Miller, formerly from Chehalis, was sentenced Wednesday to four months in jail for fraudulently taking nearly $30,000 from the state’s Medicaid program. Last year state prosecutors charged Miller with First Degree Theft and Medicaid False Statement because he submitted forged documents and submitted bills for services that weren’t being provided. Miller has also fully repaid Medicaid.
May 10 2011
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington joined other states and the federal government to reach an agreement with pharmaceutical manufacturer EMD Serono, Inc. The settlement resolves claims that the company paid illegal kickbacks to medical professionals in order to promote Rebif, a multiple sclerosis (MS) medication.
Dec 9 2010
Washington state part of national settlement with Kos pharmaceuticals OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington has joined with other states in reaching an agreement with Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to settle allegations that the company engaged in kickback violations and off-label marketing of its cholesterol-treatment drugs, Advicor and Niaspan.
Nov 2 2010
GlaxoSmithKline agrees to resolve case over Paxil and other drugs OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the state will receive over $6 million from a settlement with international drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
Oct 1 2010
Washington State Attorney General announces three drug company settlements OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced $3.9 million worth of new settlements with drug companies today. The settlements involve the marketing of drugs in a way that runs afoul of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Those marketing practices, government attorneys say, illegally extract money from Medicaid.
Sep 1 2010
Washington state receives nearly $1.2 million from makers of TopamaxOLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington state has joined with other states in reaching an agreement with the manufacturer of a drug to treat epilepsy and migraines.
Aug 5 2010
VANCOUVER – The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) announced today that Michelle Zabroski, 46, of Ridgefield was charged in Clark County Superior Court with one count of First Degree Theft and 32 counts of Medicaid False Statement.