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RI to get $291,000 in adulterated drug settlement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting $291,000 as part of a multistate settlement with an Indian pharmaceutical company accused of selling adulterated drugs.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin on Tuesday announced the state's portion of the $500 million settlement with Ranbaxy that resolves federal criminal and civil complaints.

He says the adulterated drugs led to false or fraudulent claims being submitted to Rhode Island's Medicaid program. The state's settlement money will go to the Medicaid program.

The complaint alleged the company knowingly manufactured, distributed and sold 26 generic drugs whose strength, purity or quality failed to meet Food and Drug Administration standards.

The medications included an acne drug, drugs for epilepsy and nerve pain and an antibiotic.

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