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Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Charles Simone) – On May 10, 2019 43 states  sue 20 Big Pharma companies, 11 of which are in New Jersey, for price-fixing conspiracy accounting for billions of dollars profit in the United States.  Filed by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong stating: “We have hard evidence that shows the generic drug industry perpetrated a multibillion dollar fraud on the American people.  We have emails, text messages, telephone records and former company insiders that we believe will prove a multi-year conspiracy to fix prices and divide market share for huge numbers of generic drugs.”

The lawsuit alleges:

Knowing their actions were illegal, corporate conspirators spoke to each other in person or by cell phone, to avoid a written paper trail using terms like “playing nice in the sandbox” and “responsible competitor” to describe their anti-competitive efforts.

For years these Big Pharma companies agreed not to compete with each other and settled for a “fair share… but also to “significantly raise prices on as many drugs as possible,” some by as much as 1000%. 

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd and its co-conspirators “embarked on one of the most egregious and damaging price-fixing conspiracies in the history of the United States.”

Teva increased prices on 112 different generic drugs and on 86 of those drugs colluded with a group it referred to as “high quality” competitors. Teva decided to lead and follow price increases of some Big Pharma companies that it already had “very profitable collusive relationships.”

Corporate defendants named include:

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., North Wales, Pa.

Sandoz, Inc., Princeton, NJ

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., Canonsburg, Pa.

Actavis Holdco US, Inc., Parsippany, NJ

Actavis Pharma, Inc., Parsippany, NJ

Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bridgewater, NJ

Apotex Corp., Weston, Fla.

Aurobindo Pharma U.S.A., Inc., South Brunswick, NJ

Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc., Fairfield, NJ

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc., Princeton, NJ

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. USA, Mahwah, NJ

Greenstone LLC, North Peapack, NJ

Lannett Company, Inc., Philadelphia

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Baltimore

Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc., Chestnut Ridge, NY

Pfizer, Inc., New York City

Taro Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Hawthorne, NY

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC, Maple Grove, Minn.

Wockhardt USA, LLC, Parsippany, NJ

Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA), Inc., North Pennington, NJ

(c) 2019 Charles B Simone, M.MS., M.D.