Violation Tracker Individual Record

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Current Parent Company: 
Walgreens Boots Alliance
January 22, 2019
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

Walgreens Boots Alliance agreed to pay $41.2 million to settle multistate litigation alleging that it engaged in fraudulent conduct when it dispensed insulin pens. Walgreens was alleged to have not always adhered to the dosage outlined by the prescribing doctor, but rather dispensed insulin pens in boxes containing five pens, regardless of the patient's needs. This resulted in a pattern where beneficiaries were routinely receiving more insulin than prescribed and Walgreens was then billing Medicaid for the additional doses. At the same time, Walgreens agreed to pay $28 million to settle multistate litigation alleging that it overcharged Medicaid by failing to disclose discounts offered to customers. These cases were part of two larger settlements totaling $269 million involving the federal government; see the Violation Tracker entry at

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Action Type: 
agency action
Multistate Attorneys General Case
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Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
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