Plavix Deal Triggers Antitrust Lawsuit

Law360, New York (March 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Days after reaching a settlement in the Plavix patent war, Apotex Inc., French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis and U.S. partner Bristol-Myers Squibb are now facing a new antitrust lawsuit from supermarket operator Kroger Co. over the blockbuster stroke medication.

The suit, filed on Thursday in U.S. District Curt in the Southern District of Ohio, accused the trio of engaging in anticompetitive practices by devising a settlement designed to keep a generic version of Plavix off the market.

The agreement would prevent the “plaintiff and all other Plavix...
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