Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 17 2010
 Producer of cystic fibrosis drug settles lawsuit over “off label marketing”OLYMPIA – The state’s recession-battered general fund will receive a $261,844 deposit thanks to the latest settlement with a drug manufacturer.
May 11 2010
 McKenna joins suit seeking millions owed to state’s Medicaid program OLYMPIA — Washington and 16 other states say the manufacturer of two drugs to fight acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach-related illnesses owes hundreds of millions of dollars to their Medicaid programs.
May 6 2010
 AstraZeneca accused of funding junkets for doctors, illegally marketing manic depression drug OLYMPIA – A drug manufacturer will pay Washington state nearly $10 million for improperly marketing Seroquel, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and manic depression.
Nov 12 2009
SPOKANE — Assistant Attorney General Dannette Allen and a team of investigators and support staff spend their days combing through bank records, computer records, sworn statements and tips from whistleblowers. Their goal: To find those fraudulently using the state’s Medicaid program as an income source.
Nov 3 2009
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that his Medicaid Fraud Unit participated in a settlement agreement that has generated a substantial payout from four drug companies accused of gaming a government health care program.
Sep 18 2009
OLYMPIA — Medicaid recipient Lawrence Whitish died on Aug. 12, 2008. But a state’s attorney says his granddaughter – a government-funded care provider – continued to bill Medicaid for his ongoing care and claimed he was “fine.”
Sep 2 2009
Attorney General McKenna today announced two major settlements between the government and pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer Inc.  The company will pay $2.3 billion to states and the federal in a historic Medicaid fraud settlement and $33 million more to settle states’ claims of unfair and deceptive marketing practices.
Sep 2 2009
Attorney General McKenna today joined with other states and the federal government to announce a $2.3 billion settlement with Pfizer Inc. to settle civil and criminal allegations that Pfizer and its subsidiaries paid kickbacks and engaged in off-labeling marketing campaigns that improperly promoted numerous drugs that Pfizer manufactures.
Jun 15 2009
As The Mirror reported on May 5, a Federal Way man has been charged with theft for draining his 93-year-old mother’s bank accounts.
Jun 10 2009
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington state will receive more than $2.6 million as part of a $95.5 million global settlement with Aventis Pharmaceutical, Inc, to resolve allegations that Aventis and its corporate predecessors shortchanged taxpayer-funded health care programs.