Rite Aid to Pay Mass. $2.1M for Overcharges

July 29, 2011

Rite Aid has agreed to pay $2.1 million in a settlement with the state attorney
general’s office over alleged overcharges for prescription drugs under the workers’ compensation insurance system.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said the pharmacy overcharged state agencies and at least 100 cities and towns to fill prescriptions for people receiving workers’ compensation since 2002. The company did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement.

Rite Aid agreed to pay $1.05 million to the state and $1 million to cities and towns. Boston will receive about $41,000 and at least 10 other cities, including Springfield, Fall River, and Lowell will receive over $10,000. Communities will receive $4,500 on average.

This is the fifth settlement the state has reached with pharmacies for a total of $7.9 million.

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