A new lawsuit seeking class action status claims that Anthem and its pharmacy manager Express Scripts overcharged patients with job-based insurance for prescription drugs. The case alleges that insured workers paid too much because Express Scripts charged “above competitive pricing levels” and Anthem, in effect, allowed those higher prices as part of a 10-year contract deal with the pharmacy management firm. Those actions, it alleges, violate the firms’ responsibilities under a 1974 federal ERISA benefits law. The case (Burnett v. Express Scripts and Anthem) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on June 24th. Anthem has vowed to “vigorously” fight the charges, as has Express Scripts.
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