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W.Va. Settles Claims Against 3 Drug Companies


The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office says it has reached settlements with three more prescription drug wholesalers for $800,000 resolving allegations they failed to detect, report and stop suspiciously large drug orders into the state.

According to the office, the settlements with Smith Drug Company, Top Rx and Masters Pharmaceutical expand their responsibility to report suspicious orders to state authorities.

The companies deny any liability in the settlements.

Smith is to pay $400,000 with Top Rx and Masters paying $200,000 each.

The attorney general’s office says the each allegedly distributed far fewer pills than some other companies.

So far nine companies have reached settlements with more than $7.5 million paid to the state.

The case against some others continues in Boone Circuit Court.