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WI to Get $4M+ from Astra-Zeneca Lawsuit


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin will get over $4 million as part of a settlement in a national lawsuit against the drug maker Astra-Zeneca. The company was accused of promoting the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel for uses that were not approved by the federal government.

Among other things, Astra-Zeneca said the medicine could treat insomnia and other psychiatric problems. The federal government and the states reached a $520 million settlement deal last month.

Wisconsin’s Medicaid program will get almost $10 million in all. The state and federal governments will share that money, since Medicaid is run by both.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Wisconsin’s share is about $4.4 million. Astra-Zeneca denied wrongdoing, but said it was important to resolve the lawsuits.