States including Iowa involved in a settlement with a big drug company have asked the federal district court in New York to approve their plan for getting refunds to customers who bought the prescription drug BuSpar. Consumer advocates say makers including Bristol-Meyers Squibb conspired to prevent a lower-priced generic version of the anxiety drug from coming on the market once the original patent expired. They expect to get approval in the next few weeks and then can launch the claim process. Attorney general’s spokesman Bob Brammer says the drug company may give refunds to consumers who bought the drug with a prescription from their doctor. He says people should be able to get refunds of 200-300 dollars, not huge but helpful. A website and toll-free number have been set up to get the refund information to consumers wondering how to apply. He clarifies that the refund process hasn’t started yet but people can figure out how to “check in” so once information is in place they’ll know where to get it. Getting a refund will depend on proving how much money a patient spent on Buspar, which is prescribed for anxiety disorders.People are almost certainly going to have to go to their pharmacist to reconstruct their prescription records so they can file their claim. Consumers can call 1-800-678-9587 or visit the website www.busparsettlement.com and though there’s no final information yet, Brammer says they should check in every now and then to find details when they’re released.
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