ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Board of Public Works is considering a one-year contract extension for a Rockville company to provide prescription drug coverage to state employees while a state board weighs the fate of a longer, $2.4 billion drug contract.

The BPW is scheduled to vote Wednesday on granting the one-year extension to Catalyst, a Rockville-based provider which currently holds the state’s prescription drug contract.

The board has twice withdrawn a proposal to award the lucrative contract to Express Scripts Inc., but Catalyst has protested that award, noting that Maryland was one of 28 states in 2008 to win money from Express Scripts in a settlement over allegations of prescription fraud. Express Scripts did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Don’t believe this B.S. for a minute. Slush funds, favors & more money changing hands than a bank teller on a busy day make up this scenario. It’s always about “Sleaze & squeeze” as cash in the palm by guys in raincoats.

  2. Doug says:

    The price you all are willing to pay for
    bogus medicine,with wonderful side effects.
    Allowing medical marijuana would cut this contract price in half.
    80 % of people in the U.S. want pot decriminalized.
    Look,we’re hard working tax payers.
    We demand a choice .
    I know my opinion is shared by the majority.

  3. Bristol says:

    Express scripts will offer you the world, and then take it back. They are the worse company you can ever want to go with. here is a link from Facebook, looks at all the complaints from patients and employees,

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