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PacfiCare, WellPoint face questions on drug contracts. (Briefing).

PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. and WellPoint Health Networks Inc. said the U.S. attorney's office in Boston has subpoenaed documents relating to pharmaceutical marketing and contracts.

It's the second subpoena PacifiCare has received from the Boston U.S. attorney's office, the company said. In early 2000, PacifiCare received a subpoena related to a pharmaceutical product. PacifiCare has never been a target of the investigation, said Suzanne Shirley, a spokeswoman for the company.

WellPoint's pharmacy subsidiary, WellPoint Pharmacy Management, received a subpoena concerning its relationship with TAP Pharmaceuticals, said Ken Ferber, a spokesman for WellPoint. The subpoena requested information about Lupron, a TAP drug given to treat endometriosis, and Prevacid, used to treat ulcers.

Pharmacy benefits managers Caremark Rx Inc. and Express Scripts Inc. received similar subpoenas, according to press reports. Cigna Corp. said it was subpeonaed by a Philadelphia U.S. attorney's office.

Neither U.S. attorney's office would confirm or deny the investigations.
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