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The Rise and Fall of Provigil - Part II

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During his tenure in Harrisburg, Pappert filed a lawsuit accusing 13 drug companies of price-fixing in March 2004. "As Attorney General, I am committed to doing everything I can to reduce the price of prescription drugs for the Commonwealth and its citizens," he said, in a March 10, press release on the suit.

He explained that many consumers purchase drugs, either by themselves or through a health plan or insurer, and "are financially harmed when drug companies intentionally raise the prices of their drugs to manipulate the market."

In part, the lawsuit accused the companies of "the widespread practice of offering trips, consulting opportunities, seminars, gifts, meals and cash payments to medical providers in return for prescribing their products," the press release noted.

"Several of the companies named in my lawsuit," Pappert wrote in a March 19, 2004, Oped, "have already pled guilty to and/or agreed to settle federal charges of having engaged in unlawful marketing and sales practices with respect to certain of their prescription drugs."

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