Pa. Hospital Hits Cardinal, Owens & Minor With Antitrust Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (December 19, 2012, 1:19 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania hospital operator launched a putative class action in federal court Tuesday against Cardinal Health Inc. and Owens & Minor Inc, alleging the firms engaged in a monopolistic scheme to get small hospitals to purchase sutures, stitches and similar merchandise only from them.

In the suit, which comes on the heels of a similar suit in Kansas, Schuylkill Health System — the nonprofit owner of two acute care hospitals in Pottsville, Pa. — accuses the companies of pushing exclusionary contracts on hospitals which penalize them...
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