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Merck & Co., Inc.
Hawaii Average Wholesale Price Litigation
Date: 10/06/2010 (Date of Settlement Announcement)
Misconduct Type: Antitrust
Enforcement Agency: State/Local
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: The state of Hawaii settled with dozens of pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, which were accused of gouging Hawaii's Medicaid program for more than a decade by fraudulently inflating their prescription drug prices. The total amount of the settlements was $82.7 million. The companies did not admit any liability or wrongdoing.