4. Tell it to the judge

Drug pricing continues to be a hot topic, and now it will have its day in court (barring settlements). The Sergeants Benevolent Association Health & Welfare Fund, a union representing NYPD sergeants, has filed lawsuits against a group of drug makers including Novartis AG’s generic drug unit, Perrigo Co., Wockhardt Ltd., and Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. The lawsuits allege the companies “colluded to raise prices on two dermatological creams as much as 1,000 percent,” according to a Bloomberg article, and come on the heels of an investigation from the U.S. Justice Department. Since that filing, four other unions have filed similar suits, two of which add Actavis as a defendant. One thing is certain, the crackdown bandwagon is filling up!