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Feds claim most of state's $20M settlement

(AP) - The federal government says Mississippi must turn over $17 million of a $20 million settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices.

Attorney General Jim Hood tells The Clarion-Ledger that the state doesn't owe anything, because the companies paid the federal government under separate settlements.

The federal health department sent a letter Tuesday, claiming the money paid by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Sanofi-Aventis SA, Warrick Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Inc.

Regional official Jackie Glaze says states must pay the federal share of any overpayments recovered through lawsuits if they cannot show that the federal government already has benefited through its own settlements. Glaze wrote that Mississippi has been unable to do so.

Hood said his office was not notified about the letter or that there was a documentation question.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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