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Drug group backs 2.8m settlement

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Norton has agreed a similar deal with health boards in England and Wales

A drugs group has agreed a 2.8m settlement with the Scottish Government and health boards over the alleged price fixing of medicine.

US healthcare giant Norton was among a number of companies named in court papers lodged in 2005 over the alleged formation of price-fixing cartels.

Norton agreed to the payment on a "full and final basis" but has not admitted liability.

Goldshield Group paid 750,000 after agreeing a similar deal in March.

The cartels were alleged to have been formed to fix the price of drugs sold to the NHS, including blood-thinning drug Warfarin, penicillin-based drugs and Ranitidine, used to treat some stomach conditions.

Norton paid the NHS in England and Wales 13.5m over the claims, again without admitting liability, two years ago.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "I am very pleased that the position with Norton has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties in these proceedings.

"This is a particularly welcome and encouraging development. The Scottish Government is committed to the highest standards of healthcare at all levels."




SEE ALSO
Drug firm settles NHS price claim
04 Mar 08 |  Scotland
Norton settles price fixing claim
04 Apr 06 |  Business

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