In the latest legal fight over the cost of prescription drugs, UnitedHealth was slapped with a lawsuit by a group of customers who accuse it of setting up a covert system that overcharged for medication. Some patients said they made co-payments as high as $50 for medication that cost the insurance giant less than $15, Bloomberg reports. Lawyers are seeking class-action status on behalf of tens of thousands of UnitedHealth customers. The problem of price-gouging patients for potentially life-saving treatments has gained wider attention over the last few months after controversies surrounding the infamous “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli and Mylan NV’s EpiPen allergy treatment.
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