Alabama AG blocking DA suits against pharmacies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Troy King has asked judges in five counties to throw out what he says are meritless suits brought by the district attorneys in the counties.

King said Thursday the deceptive trade practices suits accuse CVS Caremark Corp., Rite Aid Corp., Wal-Mart Stores and Walgreen Co. of filling prescriptions with generic drugs when doctors had not authorized the use of generics. King said he's using his authority as the state's top attorney to try to get the suits dismissed because he considers them frivolous.

One was immediately dismissed in Colbert County. King said the other counties with suits pending are Tallapoosa, Wilcox, Autauga and Jefferson's Bessemer Division.

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