BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced a $20,000 settlement on Thursday with a pharmaceutical retailer to resolve allegations that it kept payments and prescriptions that were returned as undeliverable.
Between May 2010 and October 2011, Rite Aid of Maryland Inc. allegedly mailed prescriptions to patients without confirming their mailing addresses. When some prescriptions were returned as undeliverable, the pharmaceutical retailer allegedly kept payments for all returned prescriptions without issuing refunds to the Maryland Medicaid program.
"Whether these actions were intentional or just sloppy, the patients who need these treatments and the taxpayers deserve better," Gansler said. "We've secured these funds so they can be used to treat Maryland patients and send a message that, willful or not, such practices will not be tolerated."
Under the terms of the agreement, Rite Aid must pay $20,000 to the Maryland Medicaid program, some of which will be shared with the federal government.
Gansler thanked Shelly Martin, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's deputy director, and Ruth Jarrell, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's chief auditor, for their work on this matter.