W.Va. Reaches $2.5M Settlement with Drug Wholesaler‏

Updated 1 year ago by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office today announced a $2.5 million settlement with Miami-Luken. It resolves allegations that the regional pharmaceutical distributor failed to detect, report and stop the flood of suspicious drug orders into West Virginia.

 
The $2.5 million settlement also expands Miami-Luken’s responsibility to report suspicious orders by requiring it alert West Virginia State Police and the Attorney General’s Office within 72 hours of discovery.
 
Miami-Luken becomes the first company to settle in the broader case, West Virginia v. Amerisource Bergen et. al. Litigation against the remaining defendants continues in Boone Circuit Court.
 
The settlement states Miami-Luken currently conducts a program to detect and prevent prescription drug diversion, an initiative for which the company continues to implement. Miami-Luken denied any allegation of liability as part of the agreement.
 
The settlement received approval from the Attorney General’s Office in addition to the state Departments of Health and Human Resources and Military Affairs and Public Safety.
 
All parties agreed to the settlement to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience and uncertainty of protracted litigation.
 
Terms require Miami-Luken to pay $2 million within 30 days of the settlement’s execution with additional installments of $250,000 due in January 2017 and January 2018.
 
Miami-Luken is a privately-held, regional pharmaceutical distributor.
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