AstraZeneca Hit Again With Antitrust Charges

Law360 (March 1, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A government service cooperative has charged AstraZeneca with violating U.S. competition law, the latest swipe in a string of suits filed by nearly a dozen unions, pension funds and government agencies accusing the pharmaceutical giant of illegally trying to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster heart drug, Toprol-XL, from entering the marketplace.

The National Joint Powers Association, a self-funded cooperative which supplies goods and services to government agencies, says that Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca’s illegal monopolization and attempt to monopolize the market for Toprol-XL and its generic versions...
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