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In 2022, Opioids, Data Privacy, and ESG Dominated the State AG Landscape

2022 was a landmark year for state attorneys general.  From billion-dollar global settlements with players in each link of the opioids distribution chain to record-setting settlements with a tech giant, this past year AGs joined forces across the aisle to resolve disputes with some of the most prominent companies in the United States.

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Iowa Settles with Centene for $44.4 Million over Medicaid Overbilling Allegations

Iowa AG Tom Miller announced a settlement with managed care company Centene Corp. in connection with allegations that the company, which operated as Iowa Total Care in the state, overbilled Iowa’s Medicaid program for pharmacy benefits and services.

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AG Schmidt Files Lawsuit Alleging Unlawful Insulin Pricing Scheme

Kansas AG Derek Schmidt sued insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly and Company, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, and Novo Nordisk Inc. and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) CVS Health Corporation, Express Scripts, Inc., OptumRx, Inc., and affiliated entities alleging that the companies maintained an insulin pricing scheme that violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. According to the complaint, the…

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Centene to Pay Oregon $17 Million over Medicaid Overbilling Allegations

Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum and Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi announced a $17 million settlement with health care company Centene Corporation in connection with alleged overcharges by the company to Oregon’s Medicaid program for pharmaceutical costs. According to the AG’s office, Centene allegedly failed to provide certain discounts when serving as a pharmacy benefit manager and…

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Multistate AG Coalition Urges Approval of Nation’s First OTC Birth Control Pill

Twenty-one AGs submitted a letter to the FDA urging the agency to approve HRA Pharma, SA’s pending application for Opill, which, if approved, would become the country’s first ever birth control pill available without a prescription. In the letter, the AGs assert that the pill should be approved because access to birth control confers significant…

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