Kentucky is joining other states and the federal government in a $614 million settlement with drug manufacturer Amgen to resolve its illegal marketing practices. Attorney General Jack Conway says Kentucky will receive more than $1.1 million in the settlement. After reimbursing the federal government, the state’s Medicaid program will retain almost $314,000.
The states and federal government are accusing Amgen of illegally marketing and promoting drugs like Aransep, Epogen and Enbrel for uses that are not medically accepted. Amgen also paid illegal kickbacks to physicians and other medical providers. This is the second time Conway has recovered money from Amgen.