Walgreens agrees to $5.5M settlement with Massachusetts

FILE - This June 4, 2014, file photo, shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreens said Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, it will probably have to unload more stores than originally expected in order to ease regulatory concern about its pending acquisition of Rite Aid, a deal valued at more than $9 billion that will make the nation’s largest drugstore chain even bigger. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
–AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File

BOSTON (AP) — Pharmacy chain Walgreens Co. has agreed to pay $5.5 million to resolve allegations that it overcharged for prescriptions covered by the Massachusetts workers’ compensation insurance system.

State Attorney General Maura Healey says the “settlement ensures that Walgreens does not profit from those transactions and will help our state’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”

Healey says the overcharges occurred at pharmacies in Boston, Worcester, Springfield and New Bedford.

The settlement also requires Walgreens to implement procedures to prevent future overcharges on opioids and other drugs under the workers’ compensation system, and subjects the company’s future sales to state audit.

The Deerfield, Illinois-based chain said in a statement while it is pleased to have resolved the matter, it does not admit wrongdoing.

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