A federal judge has certified a class action antitrust suit that accuses GlaxoSmithKline of using monopolistic tactics to boost its profits from Wellbutrin, a popular antidepressant, by delaying a generic version of the drug from coming to market. The suit was brought by direct purchasers who claim that GSK concocted a plan to keep Wellbutrin prices high by making fraudulent assertions to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and by engaging in "sham" patent litigation against generic drug manufacturers.
Antitrust Class Action Certified Against GlaxoSmithKline
The Legal Intelligencer
May 8, 2008