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The Rise and Fall of Provigil - Part II

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"I will ensure that prescription drugs are priced fairly, and I will take action against those who defraud our Commonwealth programs or cheat us through illegal pricing and other schemes," he promised, after being sworn into office in February 2004.

The same month, Pappert was appointed to the Pharmaceutical Pricing and Prescription Drug Abuse task forces, of the National Association of Attorneys General, "which were formed to ensure that pharmaceuticals are priced fairly and to prevent the illegal use and sale of prescription drugs, respectively," according to February 4, 2004 press release.

In May 2004, Pappert reported that Cephalon's Actiq, a narcotic lollipop, was showing up in illegal sales in Philadelphia under the street nickname "perc-o-pops," according to the September 30, 2008 Philadelphia Inquirer.

In September 2004, the US attorney in Philadelphia subpoenaed documents about Cephalon's sales and marketing of Actiq, Provigil, and Gabitril, an epilepsy drug, the Inquirer reported

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