AG: Arkansans to Receive Checks for Drug Payments

JULY 19, 2005 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas attorney general's office says Arkansans who had been overcharged for a blood-pressure medicine should be getting refunds soon.  The office of Attorney General Mike Beebe said the refund checks have been put in the mail to those who qualified.

In all, 1,249 Arkansans will receive checks totaling nearly a half-million dollars.  The average refund is $360.  All fifty states had sued four drug companies, saying they conspired to keep the generic version of Cardizem off the shelves, which in turn kept the drug's price higher.  Nationally, more than 76,000 consumers filed claims, leading to $24 million in refunds.

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