MILWAUKEE — The U.S.
Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin says Walgreens has
agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to
comply with Medicaid rules designed to ensure that stimulant
medications are dispensed for appropriate medical treatment.
The Wisconsin Medicaid program reimburses a pharmacy for dispensing
certain stimulant medications only if it first verifies that a
physician prescribed the stimulant for medically appropriate
treatment, such as attention deficient disorder.
Federal and state authorities allege that from 2011 through 2014,
Walgreens violated Wisconsin Medicaid rules by routinely dispensing
stimulant medications to Wisconsin Medicaid beneficiaries without
that verification in violation of the False Claims Act.
Walgreens operates retail pharmacies throughout Wisconsin.