With $177,000 Payment, Rite Aid Settles Opioid Dispensing Lawsuit With Massachusetts

January 18, 2019 AT 6:50 AM

By Felice J. Freyer

The Rite Aid drugstore chain has agreed to pay $177,000 and to follow state Medicaid rules on dispensing opioids and other drugs, in an agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey that was announced Wednesday.

Healey accused Rite Aid of accepting cash payments for controlled substances from Medicaid recipients “in a limited number of instances,” instead of billing the agency as required by regulations. In some cases, court documents state, Medicaid had denied a claim for a controlled substance on the same day as a Rite Aid pharmacist dispensed it for cash.

In the settlement agreement, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, Rite Aid denied violating any state law or regulation. The company currently has 10 stores in Massachusetts after selling many to Walgreens.

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