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SCOTUS hears case alleging SuperValu inflated pharmacy claims

Posted On: Apr. 20, 2023 10:15 AM CST

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a False Claims Act case arising from whistleblowers alleging that SuperValu Inc. bilked taxpayers in a scheme to present false Medicaid claims, BenefitsPro reports. SuperValu, which owned and operated 2,500 grocery stores with over 800 in-store pharmacies between 2006 and 2016, implemented a discount drug program to remain competitive with other pharmacies. The chain contended this lower price-match program did not need to be reported as its “usual and customary” price to pharmacy benefit managers or federal payors, spurring the allegation by a whistleblower that it was defrauding the government.