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Date: 04/16/2003 (Date of Announcement)
Misconduct Type: Health
Enforcement Agency: Health and Human Servs.
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: Bayer AG and GlaxoSmithKline simultaneously settled allegations they overcharged Medicaid. GSK agreed to pay the government a civil fine of $87.6 million for failing to give the Medicaid program the lowest price charged to any consumer for anti-depressant Paxil and nasal allergy spray Flonase. Both companies were accused of hiding their lowest prices from Medicaid by repackaging or relabeling their products under a middleman's name, who then sold them at a deep discount not reported to the government. All 50 states will share in the settlement.