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Generic drug settlement announced by Morrisey

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced combined settlements of nearly $3 million to resolve disputes with Kroger, CVS and Walgreens, pushing total settlements in the broader case past $7.8 million.

The lawsuit, which targeted five defendants, involved cost savings derived from the sale of generic prescription drugs.

The settlements require Kroger, CVS and Walgreens to pay their respective amounts and implement compliance programs in accordance with the state’s Pharmacy Act, which requires pharmacies to pass retail savings from the sale of generic prescription drugs onto consumers.

“All companies operating in West Virginia must respect her laws,”…

Lincoln County among middle rankings for returned property

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s Unclaimed Property Division has released county-by-county paid claims for fiscal 2016, showing Kanawha once again at the top with $2.5 million paid to its residents.

Here are the top 10 counties for claims paid out of the state’s unclaimed property fund.

Kanawha -- 1,124 claims, $2.5 million

Cabell -- 323 claims, $683,846

Harrison -- 300 claims, $476,129

Monongalia -- 391 claims, $403,582

Wood -- 303 claims, $375,235

Fayette -- 150 claims, $326,928

Berkeley -- 389 claims, $240,678

Marion -- 197 claims, $211,100

Hampshire -- 53 claims, $192,098

Ohio -- 196 claims, $191,771

Unclaimed property is any asset from which an individual has…

Manchin welcomes HIDTA funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently applauded the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for granting $17 million in additional funding for designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) to address the recent surge in prescription drug, fentanyl and heroin trafficking.

Manchin’s office noted that there are 19 counties in West Virginia that are currently designated as HIDTAs: Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Harrison, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming.

“The heroin response strategy program is imperative to ending the drug abuse epidemic and protecting…