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US: DOJ’s Pharma price-fixing investigation could lead to sizable liabilities

 |  November 10, 2016

While industry closely tracks developments on the Department of Justice price-fixing investigation into a host of generics companies, one influential analyst has run the numbers on potential liabilities.

In an investigation that spans 12 companies and 24 drugs, Evercore ISI’s Umer Raffat said he believes Teva could face a liability of $300 million to $700 million, while Mylan could face a $380 million to $770 million liability. Those numbers are strictly based on the drugs “most likely” to be involved in the probe of which Raffat and company “are aware.”

Allergan, which sold its generics division to Teva for $40.5 billion this summer, doesn’t face liability in the investigation, Raffat said.

To arrive at those figures, the analysts ran numbers on 11 drugs from the combination of Teva and Allergan’s generics businesses and 6 from Mylan’s generics offerings.

Generics included in the probe include doxycycline from Mylan and digoxin from Impax, along with nearly two dozen others. In a new 10-Q, Mylan disclosed that the DOJ has issued subpoenas to “certain employees and a member of senior management” regarding its sales of cidofovir, glipizide-metformin, propranolol and verapamil. Investigators have also executed search warrants, the company said.

Last week, when news of the probe broke, Mylan said it “is and has always been committed to cooperating with the Antitrust Division’s investigation. To date, we know of no evidence that Mylan participated in price fixing.”

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