The largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history means more than $1.4 million for Alaska.
The state attorney general’s office says that is Alaska’s share of a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline.
The company agreed to pay a total of $3 billion to resolve allegations that it engaged in various illegal schemes related to the marketing and pricing of 10 drugs.
The lawsuit by federal and state governments alleged that GlaxoSmithKline overcharged the Medicaid program and promoted some drugs for unapproved uses, including the depression drug Paxil for use by children and adolescents. The company also marketed the depression drug Wellbutrin for off-label uses such as weight loss and sexual dysfunction.
- The state is granting nearly $300,000 to improve water quality in some of Alaska's most damaged watersheds, including Juneau's orange-tinted Duck Creek.
- More than a third of all the penalties imposed since 1976 were logged last year.
- "You know, we're not talking about some smoky, old wood stove here. We’re talking about high-tech equipment," said Daniel Parrent, a program manager at the U.S. Forest Service.
- "Did you think that ganging together seven different taxes would make it more likely or less likely that any would pass?” asked Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler.