State to get $4.7M from GlaxoSmithKline case

LANSING (AP) -- Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says the state will get a $4.7 million share of a $750 million settlement of claims that GlaxoSmithKline distributed adulterated drugs.

The British company had agreed to pay $750 million for drugs supplied through the Medicaid and other federal health programs. The company says it regrets the quality problems.

Cox says $10.5 million of the settlement involves Michigan claims, of which $4.7 million goes to the state and the rest to the U.S.

A GlaxoSmithKline subsidiary in Puerto Rico has agreed to plead guilty and pay $150 million in criminal fines and forfeitures.

The suit says four medications didn't meet FDA standards for strength, purity or quality. The drug are Paxil CR, Avandamet, Kytril and Bactroban.

Published: Fri, Oct 29, 2010


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