Jury orders $78.4M judgment in drug pricing trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Jurors have ordered prescription drug manufacturer Sandoz to pay the state of Alabama $78.4 million for causing the state Medicaid program to pay too much for prescription drugs.

Jurors returned the verdict Tuesday after deliberating for about four hours over two days.

The jury of eight men and four women ordered German-based Sandoz, a subsidiary of Novartis, to pay $28.4 million to compensate the Medicaid program for its losses and another $50 million in punitive damages.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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