Suit Claims Albertson's, Drug Companies Abused Prescription Records

Law360, New York (September 12, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A consumer advocacy group has sued Albertson's Inc., alleging among other things that the supermarket chain worked with AstraZeneca to persuade customers to buy Nexium when the drug company's patent expired on another heartburn medication.

In the lawsuit, filed in May in San Diego Superior Court, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse accuses Albertsons and its pharmacy subsidiaries, Sav-on Drug Stores, Osco Drug and Jewel Osco, of sharing customer names, addresses, phone numbers and prescribed medications to solicit customers by mail or telephone.

The suit also names 18 drug...
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