The court battle to keep secret much of the information in a state report that is unflattering to two pharmacy middlemen continues to rage.
In a flurry of court filings during the past few weeks, lawyers for the Ohio Department of Medicaid have accused pharmacy giant CVS of burying it and its analyst with demands for irrelevant information. The filings come after OptumRx, the other large pharmacy benefit manager serving Ohio Medicaid, put people under oath — in part to ask who shared information with The Dispatch.
Among the things that CVS is demanding in the case: transcripts of all depositions and testimony given in the past 10 years by any expert the Medicaid Department might call to testify in the trial, which is scheduled in less than two months. CVS also demanded that Medicaid produce all communications the department has had with CVS since the beginning of last year about PBM contracts and pharmacy reimbursement data.
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