McKesson Corp. will pay $18 million to resolve allegations over its alleged mishandling of vaccines under a shipping deal with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Friday’s settlement arises from a complaint that McKesson Specialty Distribution’s former finance director, Terrell Fox, filed under the False Claims Act in the Middle District of Tennessee.

With intervention by the United States, the case accused San Francisco-based McKesson of shirking the shipping and handling requirements of its vaccine distribution contract with the CDC.

CDC officials said redundant measures ensured that the vaccines at issue here remained at appropriate temperatures during shipping.

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