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Drug company settlement funds will augment state mental health programs

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
May 27, 2011 3:20 pm

The lion’s share of a $1.6 million state settlement with drug maker AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals will be allocated to support state mental health programs hit by state budget shortfalls, the Washington Attorney General’s Office said Friday.

The settlement funds were Washington’s share of a $68.5 million multi-state settlement with AstraZeneca over the company’s alleged marketing of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel to treat unapproved conditions in children and elderly patients.

The court settlement allows the Attorney General’s Office to distribute the funds, minus a small amount for litigation costs, to programs that support mental health or which address the proper use of prescription drugs.

The $1.57 million in settlement funds was distributed to three programs related to mental health or prescription practices in the state.

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