Asacol Product Hop Antitrust Litigation
Court: United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
United Food and Commercial Workers Unions and Employers Midwest Health Benefits Fund, et. al. v. Allergan, PLC, Case No.: 15-cv-12731
Leadership Position: Interim Co-Lead Counsel
Asacol is an ulcerative colitis drug that as of 2012 had more than $570 million in sales. It is a drug most patients use for the majority of their lives to keep the chronic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in remission. Patients have always paid for the brand name version of this drug, which has never had a generic competitor. In July 2013, a generic version of Asacol was planned for release on the market, but because of the defendants’ anticompetitive schemes to manipulate drug availability, a generic version does not exist and consumers are still paying higher prices for similar brand name versions of the drug. Plaintiffs, represented by Wexler Wallace and others, filed this case in June 2015 on behalf of a putative class of end-payors (i.e., consumers and third-party payors) alleging that Plaintiffs and all Asacol end-payors are harmed by defendants’ conduct. Wexler Wallace has been appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in the case.
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