Mississippi Wins Medicaid Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says
the state has been awarded $38.2 million in a Medicaid drug-pricing
Hood says a judge found that a pharmaceutical company, Sandoz
Inc., inflated the average wholesale prices for its generic drugs.
In a news release Tuesday, Hood says the inflated number caused
Mississippi Medicaid to lose money by paying pharmacies too much.
Calls to a Mississippi attorney for Sandoz were not immediately
returned. It wasn't clear whether the company, based in Germany,
will appeal the ruling.
The case was decided by Thomas Zebert, acting as a special
chancery judge in Rankin County.
Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove represented Mississippi as a private
attorney in the lawsuit, filed years after he left office in 2004.
Hood's office says Musgrove's fees haven't been determined.

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  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Sep 7, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    Yeah! Now let's get that 18 billion dollars PERS is sitting on.
  • by Chaz Location: Meridian on Sep 7, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    Why was an outside lawyer hired?---Couldn't Hood and his staff of lawyers have handled this? What is their purpose?
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      by PTD on Sep 9, 2011 at 04:41 AM in reply to Chaz
      Isnt it obvious why outside attorneys were hired? The old buddy-buddy system. The same reason our state paid dickey scruggs a fortune years ago in the tobacco lawsuits.
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