Premier revealed that it, too, received a subpoena from HHS' inspector general's office requesting information on stock options granted to current and former Premier executives from companies that have or have had contracts with the GPO, including Express Scripts, Horizon Medical Products and American Pharmaceutical Partners. Premier officials were reviewing the subpoena, which was served in its San Diego headquarters late yesterday, and at deadline were not prepared to comment, but "certainly, we'll cooperate with the (inspector general's office) as we have in the past," a spokeswoman said. Yesterday, pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, St. Louis, said that it had been subpoenaed by the office to provide information on stock options, warrants and other payments to Premier Chairman and CEO Richard Norling or other Premier employees. Along with Novation, Premier has been the focus of recent and ongoing investigations of the hospital group purchasing industry by the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission and the General Accounting Office. -- by Cinda Becker
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