State settles pharmaceutical suit

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Attorney General John Suthers announced today the settlement of a civil law enforcement action against drug company Barr Pharmaceuticals.

The suit charged Barr Pharmaceuticals and Warner Chilcott with antitrust violations that prevented generic versions of a prescription oral contraceptive, Ovcon, from reaching the marketplace.

The lawsuit was filed jointly by thirty-three other states and the District of Columbia, against Warner Chilcott for $5.5 million in 2007.

Colorado will receive the maximum allowable civil penalty of $100,000, as well as $200,000 in attorneys’ fees, for its position as the lead state in the lawsuit.