- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will receive about $25,000 from a multistate settlement with a nursing home pharmacy accused of soliciting and receiving kickbacks from a manufacturer.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that the $9.25 million settlement with Kentucky-based PharMerica Corp. resolves claims that it received kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories in exchange for recommending that physicians prescribe the Abbott-manufactured drug Depakote.

The settlement partially resolves allegations in two whistleblower lawsuits.

Jackley says about $16,500 of state’s share will be retained by the federal government as the federal Medicaid share. The remainder will go to the state general fund.

In 2012, Abbott pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1.5 billion over allegations that it promoted Depakote for patients with dementia and autism - uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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