Michigan on Wednesday joined a multi-state antitrust lawsuit against six generic drug companies.
The action by Attorney General Bill Schuette against Heritage Pharmaceuticals and five others alleges the drug makers participated in an illegal scheme to reduce competition and manipulate prices of one antibiotic and an oral diabetes medication.
Andrea Bitely is a spokesperson for the AG.
She says the drugs involved are vital for peoples’ lives.
“If you get an infection and you don’t have access to a reasonably priced antibiotic, you could potentially lose a limb or lose your life,” she says.
Michigan is one of 40 states now involved in the action.