The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia is deciding whether to intervene in an unknown number of whistleblower lawsuits against pharmaceutical benefits manager Medco Health Solutions, Franklin Lakes, N.J., a subsidiary of Merck & Co. Yesterday, Medco said the government in a letter had offered it 30 days to respond to the lawsuits' allegations. The company declined to reveal the entire contents of the letter, but said in a written statement that it didn't raise significant new issues. The company described the letter as an invitation to enter settlement discussions rather than a formal demand to settle. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Sheehan, who heads the civil division in Philadelphia, has been investigating pharmaceutical benefit companies, including Medco, for several years. He declined to comment on the matter. -- by Mark Taylor
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