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Drug maker to pay $1.2 million to NC in settlement

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper says North Carolina will get more than $1 million in a multi-state settlement involving claims of flawed drug manufacturing at a plant in Puerto Rico.

Cooper said Thursday that drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay nearly $41 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to settle the case. Cooper and the other state attorneys general claimed the facility used substandard manufacturing processes in making a number of drugs.

In a statement, the company said it settled the case to avoid lengthy and expensive litigation, and did not admit to any wrongdoing.

The company closed the plant in 2009 and sold it a year later.

Earlier this year, North Carolina got nearly $12 million in a separate settlement involving Glaxo.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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