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Georgia City Sues Alleging 'Unconscionable' Drug Cost


A Georgia city is suing a pharmaceutical company over a medication it says went from $40 to over $39,000.  Marietta says in its lawsuit against Mallinckrodt ARD LLC that it has spent more than $2 million on the drug Acthar for one patient covered by its self-funded health plan.

It filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Atlanta. A media representative for Mallinckrodt, Daniel Yunger, said he would reach out to the company for comment. The drug is used to treat a seizure disorder in babies and acute relapses of multiple sclerosis in adults, among other conditions.