Merck Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Vaccine Bundle Discounts

By Kat Greene (April 26, 2018, 8:36 PM EDT) -- A pediatric medical practice accused Merck & Co. of locking down the market for the rotavirus vaccine by "bundling" the drug with other childhood vaccines it sells to practitioners at a discount, according to a proposed class action in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

Merck allegedly gives customers for pediatric vaccines a discount if they agree to buy a suite of childhood vaccines from the company, creating a situation in which customers are loathe to buy Merck's only rotavirus competitor, made by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, because it would mean paying higher prices not only for that drug but for all the other vaccines...

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