New Mexico reaches $19M deal with drug maker

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 8:02 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says the state has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with a manufacturer over alleged misrepresentations regarding a diabetes drug.

King announced Monday that New Mexico should net close to $19 million from the deal.

Prosecutors alleged that GlaxoSmithKline downplayed or misrepresented the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with the use of Avandia.

King says the settlement returns about $15 million related to consumer claims and about $3.8 million to offset Medicaid expenditures on the drug.

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