Gavel with drugs According to the suit, those manufacturers have aggressively increased their prices for Insulin far beyond the prices they would have charged if there were no kickback scheme. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A group of drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers are accused in a class action suit of artificially inflating prices for analog insulin.

The suit claims drug manufacturers Eli Lilly and Co., Novo Nordisk and Sanofi Aventis U.S. maintain or increase their sales by paying bribes and kickbacks to pharmacy benefit managers CVS, Express Scripts, Medco Health Solutions, United Health and OptumRX in the form of rebates, fees, discounts or other payments or financial incentives in exchange for inclusion or favorable placement of the manufacturers’ respective Insulin products on the defendant’s formularies.

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