drugs money Mich. AG Says Drug Co. To Pay State $584,000The Michigan attorney general’s office says a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson will pay $584,000 to the state’s Medicaid Trust Fund as part of a lawsuit settlement.

It was announced in April that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims by the government that it illegally promoted the epilepsy drug Topamax for a variety of psychiatric uses.

Michigan’s share of the settlement was decided on Friday and announced Monday by the state attorney general’s office.

The Michigan AG’s office says an additional $1 million will go to the federal government for its share of state Medicaid claims.

Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals has said it’s been cooperating with the government since the investigation began in December 2003.
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