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Settlement To Return $700,000 To Okla. Health Care

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A pharmaceutical company that has agreed to pay almost $491 million to settle allegations it illegally marketed an organ transplant drug will return more than $27 million to state health care programs, including about $700,000 to Oklahoma's.

The settlement agreement with Pfizer, Inc., was announced Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats in Oklahoma City. The agreement includes civil settlements with the federal government and the states totaling $257 million. About $230 million will go to the government and the rest will go to state Medicaid programs.

The government alleged that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which was purchased by Pfizer in 2009, promoted the drug Rapamune for unapproved uses. Some of those uses were not medically accepted and were not covered by Medicaid, Medicare and other federal health care programs.

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