MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An attorney for the state of Alabama has
told jurors that generic drug producer Sandoz Inc. set out to cheat
the state's Medicaid program.

Attorney Jere Beasley made the claim as opening statements began
Tuesday in the trial of the state's lawsuit accusing Germany-based
Sandoz of overpricing. Attorneys for Sandoz are to make their
opening statements to jurors Tuesday afternoon.

Sandoz is one of more than 70 companies the state has sued 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.


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