Friday, July 30, 2004

From Pulse of the Twin Cities (Minn.):
Minnesotans take on Big Pharma
Americans have long lamented the escalating prices of medicine and Big Pharma’s near-monopoly on the industry. But a group of Minnesotans is challenging this national problem, alleging that nine pharmaceutical giants are colluding to keep us under the thumb of high prices.

The suit, filed May 19 on behalf of the Minnesota Senior Federation, may be awarded federal class-action status, depending approval by federal Judge John Tunheim. If Tunheim allows the suit to go federal, said lead attorney Marvin Miller, all Americans who have purchased brand-name pharmaceuticals that could have been more cheaply purchased in Canada would be eligible.

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