Drugstores Sue AstraZeneca Over Nexium

Law360, New York (December 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of drugstore companies is suing pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, alleging that the company illegally controlled the market by converting to Nexium from Prilosec as Prilosec was losing its patent protection.

Walgreen Co., Eckerd Corp., Maxi Drug Inc., the Kroger Co., New Albertson’s Inc., Safeway Inc., Hy-Vee Inc., and American Sales Co. Inc. filed the suit Thursday against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Zeneca Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The “expensive, unnecessary and fraudulent conversion was undertaken solely in order to thwart...
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