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Drug company to pay $22.9 million in rebates owed to Washington state

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SEATTLE (AP) — The state attorney general’s office has announced a national pharmaceutical company accused of underpaying drug rebates owed to Medicaid will pay Washington $22.9 million.

A statement from the state’s legal office Thursday says Wyeth, owned by drugmaker Pfizer Inc., agreed to pay a total of $784.6 million to the federal government and 34 other states for allegedly underpaying rebates required through a federal measure for the sale of two drugs between 2001 and 2006.

Part of Washington’s total $46.7 million haul will go to the federal government, with $22.9 million coming back to the state’s Medicaid program.

Pfizer is headquartered in New York, and Wyeth is headquartered Madison, N.J. They’re both Delaware corporations.