Ohio consumers receive $1.67 million from Provigil settlement

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that checks totaling over $1.67 million are being sent to more than 2,000 Ohioans this week, as part of a previously-reached settlement by DeWine and other attorneys general over the price of Provigil, a wakefulness drug used to treat sleep disorders.

The average check amount is about $830.

“We worked hard to recover this money for consumers, and we hope it will help Ohio families,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

Ohio was a lead state in the Provigil settlement, which resolved allegations that Cephalon Inc. and affiliated companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct to delay generic versions of Provigil from entering the market for several years. The settlement included $35 million for affected consumers.

Consumers who had submitted eligible claims will receive a check proportional to the amount of Provigil they bought between June 24, 2006, and March 31, 2012. The checks will be void 90 days from the date of issuance, so consumers should cash or deposit the checks promptly. Consumers also should beware of any potential scams that ask them for payment in exchange for a check.

The claims period is now closed, but questions about the status of a check or a claim should be directed to the claims administrator at 877-236-1413.