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U.S. Charges in Generic-Drug Probe to Be Filed by Year-End

Pills on tableU.S. prosecutors are bearing down on generic pharmaceutical companies in a sweeping criminal investigation into suspected price collusion, a fresh challenge for an industry that’s already reeling from public outrage over the spiraling costs of some medicines, reports Bloomberg.

David McLaughlin and Caroline Chen write that the antitrust investigation by the Justice Department spans more than a dozen companies and about two dozen drugs. A grand jury is examining whether some executives agreed with one another to raise prices, and the first charges could emerge by the end of the year, sources told the reporters.

“Among the drugmakers to have received subpoenas are industry giants Mylan NV and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Other companies include Actavis, which Teva bought from Allergan Plc in August, Lannett Co., Impax Laboratories Inc., Covis Pharma Holdings Sarl, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Mayne Pharma Group Ltd., Endo International Plc’s subsidiary Par Pharmaceutical Holdings and Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.,” according to the report.

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