For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: March 26, 2007

Idahoans Who Used Prescription Drug Remeron Will Get Refunds

(Boise) – Two hundred and eighty-nine Idahoans will receive checks this week totaling nearly $45,000, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. In addition to the individual refunds, state agencies will receive $18,121 as reimbursement for overcharges for the antidepressant Remeron.

Idahoans who filed claims for purchases of the drug between June 15, 2001, and October 20, 2004, can expect to receive a refund. The amount each consumer receives will vary depending on the amount of Remeron purchased. “The average refund a consumer will receive is $155,” Attorney General Wasden said.

The refunds are the result of a multi-state settlement with the drug maker Oraganon USA, Inc., and its parent company Akzo Nobel N.V. The State of Idaho joined all the state attorneys general in the 2004 settlement. The settlement resolved allegations that Oraganon and Akzo Nobel acted in violation of state and federal antitrust laws to prevent consumers from having access to lower-priced generic equivalents of the drug.

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