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Warner Chilcott’s practices were particularly brazen and even illegal because the employees submitted false information to states. It pleaded guilty to felony health care fraud and agreed in 2015 to pay $125 million in civil and criminal fines. Allergan declined to comment.

A Center for Public Integrity and NPR investigation found drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by taxpayers: giving free dinners and consulting gigs to many doctors on the obscure committees advising state Medicaid Canada Goose Online programs; asking speakers who don’t disclose their financial ties with drug companies to testify about their drugs; and paying for state Medicaid officials to attend all inclusive conferences where they buy canada goose jacket cheap can mingle with drug representatives.

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After a Center for Public Integrity reporter made inquiries, one top Medicaid official divested his stock in pharmaceutical companies and a doctor Canada Goose Jackets advising Medicaid drug decisions resigned his position because he failed to disclose payments from drugmakers.

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«As an industry, our priority is ensuring that patients have access to the medicines they need,» said Priscilla VanderVeer, a spokeswoman for the drug industry’s top trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. «States should consider changes to Medicaid that are in line with the intended goal of ensuring robust access to medically necessary drugs.»

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The 16 member board was trying to decide which antipsychotic drugs should be on its Medicaid Preferred Drug List, a menu of medicines that each state decides reflect the balance between those that work the best and those that are most affordable.

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