Drugmakers Must Face FTC’s AndroGel Antitrust Suit

Law360 (June 14, 2018, 9:35 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge largely refused Thursday to let a group of pharmaceutical companies out of a nearly decade-old antitrust multidistrict litigation from the Federal Trade Commission and private parties alleging that they conspired to keep generic competitors for testosterone drug AndroGel off the market.

Brandmaker AbbVie Products LLC and generics companies Actavis Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. and Paddock Holdings LLC cannot dodge allegations of an antitrust conspiracy to delay generic competition to AbbVie’s AndroGel, said U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. He held further that the FTC and private plaintiffs — divided into retailers and direct drug...

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