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California backs class-action suit against drug giants
Sacramento Bee

In one of her first acts as California’s new attorney general, Kamala Harris on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to end “pay-for-delay” agreements that protect name-brand drugs such as Cipro – an antibiotic used to treat exposure to anthrax – against competition from cheaper generic drugs.

Harris was joined by 31 other states – from Hawaii to Maine – in an amicus brief supporting wholesalers, pharmacies, unions and health care plans in their class-action lawsuit against drugmakers, including Bayer, the maker of Cipro.

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