CVS, Rite Aid sue Pfizer, Teva over antidepressant

Suit claims companies conspired to block generic versions of Effexor

Two retailers are joining a drug war against two major pharmaceutical companies.

CVS Caremark Corp. and Rite Aid Corp. yesterday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., accusing the pharmaceutical companies of conspiring to keep competing generic versions of Pfizer’s antidepressant Effexor XR off store shelves. Walgreen Co., Safeway Inc., Kroger Co., Supervalu Inc., HEB Grocery Co. and American Sales Co. filed a similar complaint in the same court this past November.

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