In May 2013 Alaska’s attorney general announced an end to Average Wholesale Price (AWP) / Medicaid Fraud litigation. Alaska recovered more than $45 million for the State on behalf of its citizens and programs defrauded by pharmaceutical companies. The Attorney General’s Office filed the complaint against more than two dozen prescription drug manufacturers accused of overcharging the Alaska Medicaid program for medications. Our law firm was retained by Alaska’s attorney general to assist in representing the state in the litigation.
Our law firm has represented eight other states in AWP Medicaid Fraud litigation, and has settled claims in excess of $1.3 billion. These AWP cases have had a tremendous positive impact on Medicaid agencies throughout the country. As a result of AWP litigation, the federal government and state Medicaid programs have recognized the gross abuse of price-reporting by pharmaceutical manufacturers in the marketplace.
In addition to helping states recoup financial losses as a result of this fraud, the effect of this litigation is even more significant. These cases have caused a tremendous change in the way the Medicaid program operates. According to Dee Miles, who heads up the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, the federal government has actually revamped its pricing formula going forward, and that came about as a direct result of this litigation. Dee and the lawyers and staff in his section have done a tremendous job in this litigation. The state attorneys general and their staffs should be commended for taking on the powerful drug industry and working for the taxpayers in their respective states.
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