The pharmacy benefits suit plaintiff says the real co-pay for a generic blood pressure medication was just $1.75. (Photo: Thinkstock)

A Massachusetts woman is suing a Fortune 500 insurance company, claiming that it requires the network of pharmacies with which it contracts to overcharge insured patients “unauthorized and excessive amounts” for prescription drugs.

The suit, filed Oct. 13 by Kimberly Negron in federal court in Connecticut, accuses Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Cigna Corp. and the company’s Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. unit of engaging in a racketeering scheme that’s led to multiple violations of federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act provisions.

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