The chief executive officer of a pharmacy buying cooperative in Bessemer says his company was trying to protect small, independent pharmacies when it tried to get language in the state general fund budget that would have allowed it to manage pharmacy benefits for the state Medicaid program.
Tim Hamrick says he was concerned that Alabama would bring in a big national company that would cut dispensing fees for pharmacies and drive many community-based pharmacies out of business.
A special Lee County grand jury that has been investigating possible government corruption will meet again next week.
The state attorney general's office filed court papers saying the grand jury will be in session May 13-16.
The court papers were filed in the case of Republican state Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise. He turned himself in April 24 in Opelika after the special grand jury indicted him on charges of perjury and giving false statements to law enforcement.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he never tried to insert language into the state budget to help direct business to a company that had ties to his own.
Hubbard's comments come in the wake of Rep. Greg Wren's resignation and guilty plea Tuesday to an ethics violation.
Wren admitted trying to put language into the state budget to help American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. of Bessemer get state Medicaid business. Wren's plea agreement says Hubbard supported the language and directed it be added to the budget.