Arkansas Reaches Agreement with Florida Company Over Drugs

APRIL 18, 2006 - Posted at 8:16 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' attorney general has reached an agreement with a Florida company that had charged Arkansans up to $200 for prescription drug assistance that was available for free elsewhere.

A news release from the attorney general's office yesterday said the Florida company's program targeted low-income senior citizens.  The release said that, so far, 51 people in Arkansas will receive refunds and others will be able to file claims to receive their money back.  The average refund is $186.

The release said Consumer Savings Direct, doing business as Free Medicine Direct, operated a patient assistance program that claimed it would save people money on prescription drugs.  The company also will pay the state $5,000, with another $50,000 to be paid if the terms of the agreement are violated.

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