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U.S.: Medical supply distributor accuses cos of predatory pricing, wants $200M

 |  December 6, 2012

Two medical supply companies, Cardinal Health Inc. and Owens & Minor Inc., were served a lawsuit seeking $200 million from the companies for alleged anticompetitive behavior. Suture Express Inc., a distributor of specialty medical supplies, is claiming that the two companies abused their dominant positions in the market to punish healthcare providers who bought their supplies from Suture Express. Specifically, the lawsuit says that Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor threatened their customers with a “predatory pricing” surcharge of up to 5 percent on additional products if those customers did not also buy their suture and endomechanical supplies from them; the supplies are used in the process of stitching and minimally-invasive medical procedures.

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