Alaska due $1.4 million in US settlement with GlaxoSmithKline

Associated PressAugust 29, 2012 

The largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history means more than $1.4 million for Alaska.

The state attorney general's office says that is Alaska's share of a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline.

The company agreed to pay a total of $3 billion to resolve allegations that it engaged in various illegal schemes related to the marketing and pricing of 10 drugs.

The lawsuit by federal and state governments alleged that GlaxoSmithKline overcharged the Medicaid program and promoted some drugs for unapproved uses, including the depression drug Paxil for use by children and adolescents. The company also marketed the depression drug Wellbutrin for off-label uses such as weight loss and sexual dysfunction.

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