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4:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2003

Attorney General Files Suit Against Drug Companies

Frankfort – Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler has filed
suit against five pharmaceutical companies. The
Attorney General's office in Frankfort says the firms
allegedly inflated average wholesale prices and
bilked Medicaid and Medicare.

Attorney General Ben Chandler, who is currently
running for Governor against Congressman
Ernie Fletcher, says the alleged overcharges have
cost taxpayers over one hundred million dollars.

A spokesman for three of the defendents says the
companies are not trying to take advantage of the
wholesale price system. Bill O'Donnell says its
well-known that the "wholesale" price used by
government is not an actual price.

The companies named in the suit are Abbott
Laboratories, Dey, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation,
Schering Corporation, and Warrick Pharmaceutical
Corporation.