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Prosecution over drug price fixing collapses

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a814 (Published 14 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a814
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Five drug companies and nine directors accused of a multimillion pound conspiracy to swindle the NHS by fixing the prices of generic drugs are poised to escape criminal charges after a judge threw out the case against them, subject to appeal.

    The eight year prosecution, which has cost taxpayers around £25m (€31m; $50m), looks set to collapse after the ruling by Mr Justice Pitchford at Southwark Crown Court last week. …

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