For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: March 8, 2007
Refunds Available for Idaho Free Meds Customers
(Boise) – Idaho consumers who lost money when Idaho Free Meds went out of business are eligible for refunds under terms of a legal settlement, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today.
The Boise business helped uninsured consumers and senior citizens not covered by Medicaid apply for free prescription medication from drug manufacturers. Idaho Free Meds charged consumers a $25 initial fee and $20 for each additional prescription or refill.
When Idaho Free Meds closed, consumers who relied on it to obtain prescription refills lost their usual medication source. Consumers complained to the Attorney General that the business owner, Jennifer Reecer, did not notify them about going out of business and did not return money they had paid for refills.
“The losses suffered when the company closed were significant to the individual Idahoans affected,” Attorney General Wasden said. “I hope this settlement will be beneficial to them.”
The settlement agreement requires Ms. Reecer to pay restitution to all consumers who lost money because of the financial collapse of Idaho Free Meds.
To receive a restitution payment from Idaho Free Meds, consumers must send a written request before May 30, 2007. Restitution requests should be mailed to: Office of Attorney General; Attention: Stephanie Guyon; P.O. Box 83720; Boise, Idaho 83720. The written request must include the consumer’s name, address, telephone number, the amount lost to Idaho Free Meds and the approximate date of the loss.
In addition to making restitution to former customers, Ms. Reecer also agreed to pay the Attorney General $977.02 for attorney fees and investigative costs.
Consumers with questions about the restitution process or related issues may call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 334-2424. Idaho consumers outside the Boise calling area may call toll–free: (800) 432–3545.
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