SAN FRANCISCO – A lawsuit accuses CVS of deliberately overcharging some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices.
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The suit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco says those inflated prices led to higher co-pays for customers that exceeded what they would have paid for the drugs if they had no insurance and participated in a CVS discount program.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status, a court order prohibiting CVS Health Corp. from engaging in the alleged fraudulent behavior, and unspecified damages.
CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis said the Rhode Island-based company had not been served with the lawsuit, so he couldn't comment. But he said co-pays are determined by a patient's insurance, and a similar suit in Massachusetts was dismissed.