Merck Escapes Suits Over Prescription Copay Coupons

Law360, Los Angeles (April 29, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed several proposed racketeering class actions against Merck & Co. Inc. alleging the drugmaker interfered with health plan contracts by bribing participants with discounts that unlawfully made prescription plans pay higher prices for name-brand drugs, saying plaintiffs failed to plead the necessary facts.

The decision comes after Merck urged the court in September to derail two proposed class actions by union health plans alleging coupons for brand-name prescription drugs constitute kickbacks and contract interference, saying the unions should prohibit...
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