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June 26, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL RELEASES FULL DRUG PRICE-FIXING COMPLAINT

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

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined 41 states today in releasing 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 coordination to artificially inflate prices, hinder competition and unreasonably restrain trade across the industry.

“With the release of this unredacted complaint, the public will be able to see for itself the tactics used to increase drug prices and profits at the expense of Americans who rely on these oftentimes lifesaving prescriptions,” Raoul said. “I am proud to join my fellow attorneys general in holding these manufacturers and individuals accountable.”

Raoul and a coalition of 43 states first filed the lawsuit on May 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The lawsuit alleges a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition and unreasonably restrain trade for more than 100 different generic drugs.

The complaint is the second to be filed in an ongoing, expanding investigation in what is possibly the largest cartel case in the history of the United States. The first complaint, still pending in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was filed in 2016 and now includes 18 corporate defendants, two individual defendants, and 15 generic drugs. Two former executives from Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Jeffery Glazer and Jason Malek, have entered into settlement agreements and are cooperating with the attorneys general working group in that case.

Joining Raoul in the suit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.

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