Reckitt Benckiser to be sued by NHS

As reported by the BBC, Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of the hearburn medicine Gaviscon, will be sued by the NHS in England.

In October 2010, The Office of Fair Trading stated that the company had restricted competition in the supply of heartburn medicines in the UK. Once’s Gaviscon’s patent had expired, Reckitt’s withdrew the original Gaviscon from the NHS and transferred them to Gaviscon Advamce Liquid, thus not giving pharmacists the option to chose a cheaper generic alternative.

High court documents show that Reckitt Benckiser is to be sued by all 10 Strategic Health Authorities, total of 144 Primary Care Trusts in England and by the Secretatory of State of State for Health, Andrew Lansley.

Both the Department and Health and Reckitt Becnkiser have refused to comment on the subject.

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