A recent article featured in the Seattle Times discusses an alleged scheme by drug-company employees to fix generic-drug prices. Not only is this scheme unethical in itself, possibly resulting in the high prices Americans pay for generic drugs, but details are also emerging that these same pharmaceutical salespeople were cooking this up over dinner, on golf courses and during “Girls’ Nights Out.”
“It is unconscionable for anyone to manipulate the system in order to line their pockets at the expense of people who need access to affordable medications in order to remain healthy.” – Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills.
Families in recent years have struggled to pay for generic medications as well as for some drugs that have gone up more than 8,000 percent. According to the complaint, price increases like this were the result of efforts by generic drug makers to make as much money as possible.
Read more about the lawsuit and the ongoing attorneys-general investigation here.