Miss. high court revives Medicaid drug price suit

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Supreme Court has revived a 2008 lawsuit that claims a pharmaceutical company inflated drug prices and drove up the state’s Medicaid spending.

In a decision Thursday, justices reversed a Hinds County chancery judge’s decision that had dismissed the suit against Bayer Corp. and two of its subsidiaries. Justices sent the case back to the chancery court to be argued.

Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who’s an attorney, represented the state in the case, which was filed more than four years after he left office. He argued to the state Supreme Court in December that because of “phony drug prices,” Mississippi Medicaid lost more than a billion dollars.