Iowa issues lawsuits against 78 drug companies
DES MOINES, Iowa “The state of Iowa has sued 78 drug companies, alleging that they inflated the cost paid by Iowa taxpayers under the Medicaid program,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced in his office yesterday, according to Radio Iowa News.
The lawsuit covers a 13-year period, from 1992 to 2005. During that time, Miller said Iowa’s Medicaid program spent $1.6 billion for drugs. Therefore, Miller believes that millions of dollars are at stake in this lawsuit.
Almost two dozen other states have filed similar lawsuits, including Texas which has received over $55 million so far.
The federal government funds about 67 percent of Iowa’s Medicaid program.
NACDS mourns passing of its first president
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Drug Store News has learned of the passing of former—and first—NACDS president and chief executive officer Bob Bolger, who died early Monday morning. The following is from NACDS president Steve Anderson:
On the Passing of Robert J. Bolger
I must share with the members and partners of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores the sad news that Bob Bolger passed away early in the morning on Monday, Oct. 8. Bob served NACDS honorably, energetically and successfully from 1962 to 1987, and was elected as NACDS’ first president and chief executive officer in 1967. Subsequently, he served as a member of the NACDS Honorary Board.
NACDS remembers Bob as a committed family man, as the consummate trade association leader and as an effective advocate for the members whom NACDS represents. It is an appropriate reflection of Bob’s life first to offer condolences and warm remembrances to his wife, Helen, to their six children and their children’s spouses, and eight grandchildren.
Bob’s leadership forged both the philosophical identity and physical home of NACDS. He understood, and sought to address, the needs of a diverse membership in an evolving business and public policy environment. He led the initiative to secure the land and construct NACDS’ current headquarters offices in Alexandria, Va. Indeed, we owe much of who we are to Bob Bolger.
Prior to joining NACDS, Bob worked with front-end and pharmaceutical suppliers, Kraft Foods Company and Smith Kline & French Laboratories. His keen recognition of the importance of bringing chains and suppliers together manifested itself, among other ways, in the creation of the NACDS Marketplace Conference. He also appreciated the changing composition and needs of regional and national chain members, as well as the increasing implications to the membership of government programs. He saw the changes, foresaw their implications, and knew how to work with other leaders through the Association to address them.
Bob contributed valuably to the association community beyond NACDS, serving in leadership positions in several pharmacy, retail and business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is remembered by the NACDS staff as a leader who inspired excellence in association management, and who equipped his team with the professional development and resources necessary to do their jobs and advance their careers. To remember the vibrant life of Bob Bolger, and on behalf of his family, we invite you to participate as you are able in the following arrangements:
Visitation Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Demaine Funeral Home 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, October 11, at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church 310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, Virginia Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery
Memorial Contributions and Expressions of Sympathy In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s name to: Office of University Development Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085
Alternatively, contributions may be made in Bob’s name to: LaSalle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA19038
Finally, expressions of sympathy can be sent to Helen and the family at: Helen Bolger 7705 Maid Marian Court Alexandria, VA 22306
Please join all of us in remembering fondly and appreciating fully the legacy of Bob Bolger.
Wyeth Prempro breast cancer suit in deliberations
RENO, Nev. A civil lawsuit involving three northern Nevada women and Wyeth has gone to deliberation after four weeks of testimony, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The women claim that the manufacturer decided to market two hormone replacement drugs: Premarin and Prempro, without properly testing the drugs. The women all have breast cancer and blame the company for launching the drugs, even though they knew of the risks involved in taking the medication.
The company said that they followed the rules set by the Food and Drug Administration’s directive and created a label for the drugs that detailed risks associated with taking the medication. It also stands by the drugs stating that, “To this day, [the drugs] are the most effective available for menopausal symptoms,” according to Wyeth lawyer Heidi Hubbard.
The women are seeking damages that could be potentially worth millions of dollars.