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Attorney General William Tong

06/24/2019

DRUG PRICE-FIXING COMPLAINT UNSEALED

Unredacted Emails Provide Evidence of Conspiracy to Inflate Prices and Hinder Competition, Obstruct Justice

(Hartford, CT) – Connecticut Attorney General William Tong today released the full, unredacted complaint against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers after the court granted the states' motion to unseal the complaint.

Among the evidence now public are emails between generic drug manufacturers coordinating their response to a Congressional inquiry, emails enforcing "fair share" and "playing nice in the sandbox" market allocation, "fluff pricing" strategy and other brazen coordination to artificially inflate prices, hinder competition and unreasonably restrain trade across the industry.

The lawsuit was first filed by Connecticut and 43 other states on May 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

"The evidence is undeniable and the conspiracy is unconscionable. Our lawsuit alleges that generic drug manufacturers engaged in a brazen, industrywide conspiracy to fix prices and allocate market share for drugs that we rely on every day. The evidence demonstrates that they knew what they were doing was illegal, and that's why they sought to mislead Congress, destroyed evidence, and cautioned each other to keep their collusive conversations offline. Our investigation is ongoing and expanding and the evidence released today reinforces the allegations in the complaint," said Attorney General William Tong.

Click here to download the complaint.

Click here for the full press release.

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