N.H. Still Weighing Whether to Join Generic Drug Lawsuit Filed by 44 Other States

May 13, 2019

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is weighing the case.
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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says it is still deciding whether to join a lawsuit filed by 44 other states alleging a massive price-fixing scheme by generic drug makers.

The Connecticut Attorney General's Office, which is leading the lawsuit, says it may be the single largest cartel case in American history. The suit alleges that makers of generic drugs have been artificially inflating prices for years.

The lawsuit is the second to be filed in connection with an investigation pursued by the Connecticut Attorney General's office. New Hampshire joined the first lawsuit in 2016, but New Hampshire Associate Attorney General James Boffetti says they still need more time to decide whether to join this one.

“It is a substantial complaint that involves 20 separate corporate defendants, 15 individual defendants, and 114 drugs,” said Boffetti. “There's an obligation that we need to do our own work and looking at what's happened in New Hampshire and understanding the role of all of that as it's played out in New Hampshire.”

New Hampshire is one of only six states not party to the suit and is the only state from New England that hasn't joined.

Boffetti would not comment on how long it might take the state to decide whether to join this new case.