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Santa Ana, CA: (Aug-16-07) Over 20 Vietnamese American pharmacies filed suit against CalOptima, a public agency, over a requirement that they be surveyed and then certified as safe from fraud. The pharmacy owners said the policy violated patient privacy and targeted independently owned Vietnamese American-run pharmacies as opposed to larger chains. CalOptima officials disputed the allegations and Judge James Gray found no evidence of racial discrimination.

In a settlement reached, CalOptima, the county's Medi-Cal insurer, agreed to pay $285,000 to the pharmacy owners. Also, two pharmacies that had stopped doing business with CalOptima because they refused to undergo fraud screening will be allowed to rejoin the network, though one, Fiesta Pharmacy of Santa Ana, has gone out of business. [OC REGISTER: PHARMACY SCREENING]

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Published on Aug-20-07


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