Three pharmaceutical companies settle with California over deals to keep generic medications off the market

According to the California attorney general’s office, two pharmaceutical companies will pay the state of California a total of nearly $70 million to settle allegations that they violated antitrust laws by making agreements to delay generic drugs. Regulators have said, “Pay-for-delay” agreements – under which the maker of a brand-name drug pays other drugmakers to refrain from producing a generic version after the drug’s patent expires keep drug prices high. Read article here…

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