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Insulin pens and vials According to the complaint, PillPack would dispense and bill for a full carton of insulin pens and falsely underreport the days of supply. (Photo: Daniel Beckemeier/Shutterstock.com)

The United States has settled a health care fraud lawsuit against online retail pharmacy PillPack LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. The move resolves allegations that PillPack improperly billed government health care programs — including Medicare and Medicaid — for more insulin pens than patients needed based on their prescriptions and falsely under-reported the “days of supply” of insulin dispensed.

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General New York Regional Office, made the joint announcement May 2.

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