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Retailers sue Pfizer for stalling generic Lipitor

Plaintiffs say pharmaceutical company is guilty of anti-competition

A group of retailers isn’t giving up its fight against pharmaceutical companies that they claim are engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Yesterday, five retailers—Walgreen Co., Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., SuperValu Inc. and HEB Grocery Co.—sued Pfizer Inc. and generic-drug manufacturer Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. for allegedly conspiring to stall sales of competing generic versions of Pfizer’s best-selling drug, Lipitor, which treats high cholesterol.

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