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Arkansas alleges insulin pricing plot involving Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly and Sanofi

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a complaint alleging that the insulin makers have colluded with a group of pharmacy benefit managers, including Express Scripts, to raise insulin prices and pay back the PBMs in discounts.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge | Photo: Staci R. Vandagriff/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

The State of Arkansas has filed a complaint against Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, and Sanofi – all makers of the insulin supplying the state – as well as a group of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that dominate the insulin pricing system there, including Express Scripts, which is the biggest PBM in the US.

According to Endpoints News, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is claiming that these two groups have devised a scheme where the insulin makers raise their drug prices artificially and then pay some of the profits to the PBMs in rebates.

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