The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against McKesson Corp. on September 14, 2012, accusing the nation’s largest drug wholesaler of artificially inflating prices of more than 400 brand-name prescriptions. Prescriptions affected include Allegra, Azmacort, Celebrex, Coumadin, Flonase, Lipitor, Neurontin, Nexium, Prevacid and Valium.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said McKesson executives allegedly began scheming in 2000 to raise drug wholesale prices, which increased costs for consumers and businesses including Albertson’s, Costco, Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens. Horne said McKesson’s actions violate the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.
According to the complaint, McKesson allegedly raised the spread between published average wholesale prices and actual acquisition costs to increase profits and then tried to cover up the scheme. The state is seeking civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation proven in court.