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Texas Sues Merck For Medicaid Fraud, Cites Vioxx Advertising

This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily

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Lawsuit filed under the state’s Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act alleges Merck misrepresented the safety of the COX-2 inhibitor through advertising campaigns and “direct representations” to the Texas Medicaid program. Attorney General’s office is seeking $168 mil. in damages, three times the amount Texas Medicaid paid for Vioxx scripts.
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