A Wisconsin Pharmaceutical company announces layoffs

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LACROSSE, Wis. (AP) McKesson Pharmaceuticals has announced plans for layoffs at its LaCrosse distribution center amid paying a record $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

The LaCrosse Tribune reports a total of 67 employees will be losing their jobs starting March 31 as the San Francisco-based company merges its operations at a new distribution facility in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The layoffs come as the center agreed to pay a settlement, which spokeswoman Kristin Hunter says is unrelated.

Federal prosecutors say the company did not implement a system to detect and report suspicious orders to its customers.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce reported the closure Tuesday, but it was originally announced in February 2015.

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