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Reckitt sued over supplies of Gaviscon to NHS

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Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, 10 strategic health authorities and 146 primary care trusts are suing Reckitt-Benckiser at the High Court for £89m over its marketing of Gaviscon, which has also resulted in the company receiving a £10.2m fine from the Office of Fair Trading (PJ, 23 October 2010, p460).

It is claimed that Reckitt-Benckiser withdrew NHS packs of Gaviscon Original Liquid from the prescription channel after the product’s patent had expired, meaning that prescriptions had then to be issued for Reckitt’s alternative product, Gaviscon Advance Liquid, which had no competition from generic versions since it was still protected by patent.

A spokeswoman for Reckitt Benckiser said the company “will vigorously defend its position in this case”.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11073858

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