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State Draws $826K From Settlement With Drug Company

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs

West Virginia will draw more than $826,000 from a multimillion-dollar, multistate settlement with a drug company.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Thursday with Cephalon, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Barr Laboratories.

Morrisey's news release says the $125 million, 48-state lawsuit claimed Cephalon engaged in anticompetitive practices to protect monopoly profits for its narcolepsy-treating drug, Provigil.

The $826,000 will cover claims, fees and costs. Consumers can make claims for $360,000 in a multistate claims process.

The lawsuit alleged Cephalon defrauded the Patent and Trademark Office to get another patent and delay generic drugs.

The news release says a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit resulted in Cephalon's $1.2 billion settlement fund to cover lawsuits like this one.

The settlement is subject to court review.

Defendants deny wrongdoing through the settlement.

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