08/08/2012 // Tallahassee, FL, USA // Florida Justice Association // Debra Henley // (Blog)
The Attorney General of Florida, Pam Biondi, is quoted as saying that this “agreement makes Florida whole for the deceptive practices that misled consumers and defrauded the Medicaid program,” but the question is will it change corporate behavior and will it make the citizens of Florida who were wronged whole? For the consumers that took these drugs for off-label uses and suffered dangerous side effects this may just be cold comfort.
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British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion in fines – the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history – for criminal and civil violations involving 10 drugs that are taken by millions of people. Florida will receive over $56 million of that settlement, according to a statement from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
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