Walgreens, the national retail pharmacy chain, is facing accusations of making a “grossly inflated” fee bid in a health plans lawsuit. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and several other insurers have requested a U.S. judge to deny Walgreens’ request for legal fees arising from a dispute over evidence in a court case.
The allegations state that Walgreens sought prescription drug reimbursements at higher amounts than what they charged consumers through a savings program. The health care plans argue that Walgreens owes them hundreds of millions of dollars.
In addition to the reimbursement issue, the insurers have also highlighted excessive fees being sought by Walgreens’ attorneys. They claim that the attorneys are asking for more than $103,000 for the work of 11 lawyers on a single court motion in the litigation.
Walgreens is currently involved in another related case in a federal court in Washington, D.C. In this case, they are fighting a $642 million arbitration award that Humana won over similar allegations regarding prescription drug reimbursements.