South Dakota Wants To Join Wyeth Suit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota is seeking to join in two whistleblower lawsuits against the drugmaker Wyeth.

The Justice Department and more than a dozen states a year ago joined in the lawsuits filed in federal court in Massachusetts against the Madison, N.J.-based drug company. Now, 17 more states including South Dakota also want to join.

The Justice Department accuses Wyeth of cheating Medicaid programs out of hundreds of millions of dollars by overcharging for a stomach acid drug.

Wyeth has defended its pricing plan.

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