A jury in Massachusetts has returned a $4.6 million verdict against the drugmaker Merck & Co. in favor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A jury found that Warrick Pharmaceuticals overcharged Massachusetts pharmacists for generic versions of the asthma medication albuterol. The judge in the case deferred a decision on how the penalties should be calculated, but said the penalties could be substantial. The case was filed in 2003 and tried in federal court in Boston. Warrick Pharmaceuticals, which closed in 2008, was a unit of Schering-Plough Corp. Merck, which merged with Schering-Plough in November 2009, says it will appeal the verdict.
Source: Associated Press
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