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States settle deceptive practices lawsuit against Express Scripts

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Pharmacy benefits management giant Express Scripts has agreed to pay $9.5 million to 28 states, including Florida, to settle lawsuits alleging deceptive business practices.

The lawsuits claimed the company convinced doctors to change patients’ cholesterol drug prescriptions to brands that offered Express Scripts a rebate under the false premise that the savings would be passed along to patients.

The settlement also bars Express Scripts from asking that physicians switch patients to higher-priced drugs, asking for a switch when a generic equivalent is available or if the patent on the original drug is to expire within six months, or asking for a change after a patient has been switched to a new drug in the past two years.

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