Pfizer, Others Sued By Health Plans Over Copay Coupons

Law360, New York (March 07, 2012, 5:52 PM ET) -- Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline PLC and six other major drugmakers were sued in class actions under federal racketeering and antitrust laws Wednesday for allegedly subsidizing illegal copayments for brand-name prescription drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium through the promotion of copay coupons.

A coalition of health plans allege that Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Inc., AstraZeneca PLC, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., GSK, Merck & Co. Inc., Novartis AG and Pfizer are paying undisclosed kickbacks to privately-insured individuals so that they choose the companies' brand-name drugs instead of less expensive alternatives....
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Case Title

New England Carpenters Health and Welfare Fund v. Abbott Laboratories


Case Number

1:12-cv-01662

Court

Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

470(Racketeer/Corrupt Organization)

Date Filed

March 7, 2012


Case Title

PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 572 HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND v. MERCK & CO., INC.


Case Number

3:12-cv-01379

Court

New Jersey

Nature of Suit

Anti-Trust

Judge

Michael A. Shipp

Date Filed

March 6, 2012


Case Title

NEW ENGLAND CARPENTERS HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND v. ASTRAZENECA, INC.


Case Number

2:12-cv-01192

Court

Pennsylvania Eastern

Nature of Suit

Racketeer/Corrupt Organization

Judge

PAUL S. DIAMOND

Date Filed

March 7, 2012

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