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Taxpayers May Have Overpaid by More Than $1 Billion for Mylan's EpiPen: Senator

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    Mylan CEO Heather Bresch faces Congress to answer questions on EpiPen price hikes. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016)

    American taxpayers may have overpaid by as much as $1.27 billion for EpiPen anti-allergy devices over the course of a decade, a U.S. senator said Wednesday. 

    That is nearly three times the $465 million that EpiPen’s owner, drugmaker Mylan, last October said it agreed to pay the federal government to settle claims it overcharged the government-run Medicaid system for the devices. 

    As CNBC reports, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said it looks like Mylan overcharged taxpayers for years by knowingly classifying the brand-name EpiPen as a generic drug, resulting in the company paying a lower rebate rate to Medicaid.

    A spokeswoman for Mylan had no immediate comment.