Metoprolol Succinate End-Payor Antitrust Litigation

Zimmerman Reed represented a third-party payor (TPP), the National Join Power Alliance, in a suit against AstraZeneca over its heart drug, Toprol-XL. The National Joint Powers Alliance is a cooperative that supplies goods and services to school districts, cities, counties, and other governmental agencies. It alleged that AstraZeneca’s manufacturing and marketing of Toprol-XL violated antitrust and deceptive trade practices laws, causing it to pay significantly higher prices for the drug. The case settled for $20 million in 2002.