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Walmart settles Massachusetts comp prescription pricing case



Walmart Inc. has agreed to a $500,000 settlement with Massachusetts for allegedly violating the state’s prescription pricing procedures designed to hold down workers’ compensation costs, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday.

The retailer has admitted no wrongdoing in connection with the settlement.

The state’s workers’ compensation system sets limits on the cost of medications prescribed to injured workers and requires companies to validate prices against specific regulatory benchmarks before charging fees. Walmart pharmacies were accused of failing to follow those rules when applying prices to injured workers’ prescriptions, dating back to 201

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“Having a workers’ compensation system that is transparent, functional and affordable is important to employers and workers across Massachusetts,” Healey said in a statement.

As part of the settlement, Walmart agreed to work with Healey’s office to develop a protocol to prevent similar violations.

Massachusetts has reached similar settlements totaling more than $16 million with Express Scripts Inc., Optum Rx Inc. Walgreens Co., Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC and United Pharmacy Services LLC.


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