Jury to be picked for drug pricing lawsuit trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys are set to pick a jury to hear Alabama's lawsuit against prescription drug manufacturer Watson Pharmaceuticals of Corona, Calif.

Lawyers for the state and for Watson spent roughly three hours Monday afternoon questioning about 50 potential jurors to hear the trial of the Medicaid drug pricing lawsuit that is expected to last about two weeks.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said attorneys would give opening statements after the jury is selected Tuesday morning.

Watson is one of more than 70 pharmaceutical companies that Alabama Attorney General Troy King sued in 2005 for allegedly causing the state's Medicaid program to pay too much for prescription drugs.

Watson manufactures generic and brand name prescription drugs.

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