Six Sues 13 Drug Companies Over Medicaid Bills

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Attorney General Steve Six has sued 13 drug companies, claiming they inflated the prices of drugs sold to the state's Medicaid program.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Wyandotte County District Court, Six alleged that the companies inflated the retail cost of the prescriptions to make a bigger profit.

The 13 pharmaceutical companies include such well-known names as Abbott Labs, Wyeth and GlaxoSmithKline.

Wyeth spokesman Douglas Petkus said his company had not seen the complaint but it did not believe the state had a basis for suing.

Kansas spent more than $160 million on prescription drugs in the past year. The lawsuit alleges that the companies inflated the average wholesale prices, sometimes doubling or even tripling them, when doing business with the state.

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