Guam AG joins generic drugs lawsuit

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Generic drugs have long been referred to as one of the few “bargains” in the United States healthcare system intended to keep a lid on rising healthcare costs.

But a federal lawsuit, which Guam has joined, alleges that several of the country’s largest generic drug manufacturers secretly conspired to inflate and manipulate the prices of over 1000 generic medications, says Attorney General Leevin Camacho who announced that Guam was joining the lawsuit last Tuesday.

Opting for a generic prescription drug comes at a lower price than its brand name counterpart. But according to a United States District Court of Connecticut complaint, consumers have actually paid more than they would have in a competitive market as some drug prices have skyrocketed by more than one thousand percent.

This has affected the health insurance market, taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid and Medicare and self-pay individuals who pay artificially inflated prices.

Heritage, which is identified in the complaint as the ringleader of the conspiracies, is only one of several generic manufacturers identified in the Connecticut lawsuit which also implicates Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Lannett and Perrigo to name a few.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.