Opening Statements to be Given in Drug Suit Trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Opening statements are to be given in the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit accusing generic drug producer Sandoz Inc. of overpricing. Attorneys for the state and for Sandoz will give the opening statements beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price's courtroom. A jury of eight men and six women was chosen Monday to hear the trial. The jury includes two alternates. Sandoz is one of more than 70 companies the state sued in 2005 for allegedly overcharging the state's Medicaid program for prescription drugs. In earlier trials, juries returned verdicts against drug
manufacturers AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis. Sandoz is a subsidiary of Novartis with U.S. headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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