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Lawsuit alleges Walgreens overcharges customers with insurance for generic drugs

Lawsuit alleges Walgreens overcharges customers with insurance for generic drugs

A California man is suing Walgreens Boots Alliance, accusing it of profiting by charging customers with insurance more for generic drugs than what they would have paid if they had not presented an insurance card.

David Grabstald filed the proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in Illinois on Wednesday, accusing the Deerfield-based pharmacy giant of fraudulently overcharging many customers for generic drugs.

Walgreens does this, Grabstald alleges, because of its agreements with pharmacy benefit managers — which act as middlemen between pharmacies and insurance companies.

Customers pay pre-determined copays for medications even if the medications actually cost less...

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