Summary Box: 8 drugmakers sued over drug coupons

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Posted: Mar 07, 2012 5:47 PM
Summary Box: 8 drugmakers sued over drug coupons

COUPON CONTROVERSY: A consumer coalition sued eight big drugmakers, claiming their drug coupons to reduce patient co-pays are illegal and boost overall costs.

THE PLAINTIFFS: Four union health plans say coupons saddle them with higher costs for brand-name drugs by discouraging use of cheaper generics. They're seeking class-action status for many health plans.

THE DEFENDANTS: Abbott, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis and Pfizer were sued in federal court. Their trade group says coupons give patients choice and helps with rising out-of-pocket costs.