Big pharmas found guilty of drug collusion in Italy

Italy’s antitrust organization charges Novartis and Roche with colluding to push cheaper drugs out of the market.

Two major Swiss pharmaceutical companies are under fire in Italy after the country’s antitrust agency charged them with colluding on the sale of drugs. Novartis and Roche were found to have joined together to push the cost of their drugs higher, and actively worked together to exclude other cheaper drugs.

The two companies collaborated to push their Lucentis medications, which blocks growth of abnormal blood vessels. The treatment addresses age-related macular degeneration by blocking the growth of such blood vessels in the eye.

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