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Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday it filed lawsuits against the operators of five Web sites for selling generic versions of its blockbuster, cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. The lawsuits, which were filed in U.S. District courts in Delaware and Connecticut, seek to stop further sales of generic Lipitor and claim damages for patent infringement. Lipitor is still under patent in the United States. Some of the five sites say their product comes from India, which does not recognize drug patents. The suits also seek to remove references to Lipitor in advertising materials and to eliminate computer links that misdirect patients to illegal, unapproved drugs. WorldMeds RX declined comment in an e-mail statement, saying it had not seen the lawsuit. None of the other operators could immediately be reached for comment. They are: Online Rx DrugStore, Generic Lipitors, B.M. International and Offshore Pharma. Pfizer filed a similar lawsuit against Look4Generics.com last month. Pfizer has aggressively stepped up its efforts to stop U.S. customers from purchasing cheaper drugs from overseas. It is also trying to limit the amount of drugs it sells in Canada to stop the medicines from being resold in the United States. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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