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Roche's Test Strips Lawsuit Targets Wholesalers, Pharmacies
On March 28, 2017, Roche Diagnostics Corp. and Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, entitled Roche Diagnostics Corp. et al. v. Binson's Hospital Supplies, Inc., et al., Docket No. 17-cv-0949 (LJM)(DML). The Indianapolis-based subsidiaries of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche Group manufactures, among others, Accu-Chek test strips. Roche is accusing a group of pharmacies and wholesalers of engaging in a scheme to defraud Roche of millions of dollars by exploiting the differences in pricing between ordinary and "so called" DME test strips. The lawsuit is also directed at unnamed pharmacy entities, called Pharmacy John Does 1-50.
The lawsuit follows in the footsteps of another federal case, Abbott Laboratories et al., v. Adelphia Supply USA et al., 15-cv-5826, currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The attorneys who represent Abbott Laboratories in the New York lawsuit, the New York-based law firm of Patterson Pelknap Webb & Tyler LLP, also represents Roche Diagnostics in the Indiana matter.
We should expect that, just like in the Abbott's case, Roche will seek to expand the lawsuit to include other pharmacies and distributors among the defendants, or file similar cases in other jurisdictions. The use of third-party subpoenas is also possible.
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The First Amended Complaint is attached below: