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An Ohio jury awarded $7.8 million Monday in a lawsuit filed by the State Teachers Retirement System accusing its pharmacy benefits manager of fraud. The 2003 suit alleged that Medco Health Solutions Inc. and parent Merck & Co. overcharged the fund.

“Merck and Medco abused their relationship with STRS and placed corporate interests ahead of their obligations to Ohio’s retired teachers,” Attorney General Jim Petro said in a statement. “With this verdict, we’ve brought them to account for that.”

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