- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota will get a portion from a nationwide settlement with an Irish drugmaker over allegations that the company improperly promoted medications including the attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $56.5 million to settle the lawsuit brought by states and the federal government. The company admits no wrongdoing.

The lawsuit alleged the company told consumers several of its ADHD drugs would treat certain symptoms or disorders despite not having clinical data to back up those claims.

Shire was accused of illegally promoting the five drugs, which caused false claims to be submitted to Medicaid.

About $100,000 of South Dakota’s settlement portion will be retained by the federal government and the remaining $60,000 will go back to the state’s Medicaid program.

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