Reckitt Kept Addiction Drugs Off Market: Antitrust Suit

By Daniel Wilson (February 14, 2013, 3:28 PM EST) -- Drug wholesaler Rochester Drug Co-Operative Inc. hit Reckitt Benckiser Inc. with a proposed class action in Delaware federal court Wednesday, accusing it of an anti-competitive scheme to keep generic rivals to opiate addiction treatment Suboxone off the market.

According to Rochester's complaint, Reckitt had illegally manipulated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulatory systems, effectively extending its monopoly over the drug beyond a seven-year exclusivity period granted by the agency, causing purchasers to overpay for the drug.

"Reckitt cannot justify its scheme by pointing to any offsetting consumer benefit," Rochester said. "The enormous cost savings offered by generic drugs … outweigh...

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