Te­va charged — again — for al­leged role in fix­ing gener­ic drug prices, this time by the De­part­ment of Jus­tice

The dock­et keeps pil­ing up for Te­va.

Late Tues­day, the Jus­tice De­part­ment be­came the lat­est in a long string of pros­e­cu­tors to ac­cuse the Is­raeli drug­mak­er of malfea­sance, charg­ing the com­pa­ny with three counts of con­spir­ing to fix gener­ic drug prices. These new al­le­ga­tions come just a week af­ter Te­va $TE­VA was sued by New York over its role in the opi­oid epi­dem­ic and by fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors over its pur­port­ed scheme to de­fraud Medicare.

“To­day’s charge reaf­firms that no com­pa­ny is too big to be pros­e­cut­ed for its role in con­spir­a­cies that led to sub­stan­tial­ly high­er prices for gener­ic drugs re­lied on by mil­lions of Amer­i­cans,” said Makan Del­rahim, As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of the DoJ’s An­titrust Di­vi­sion in a state­ment. “The di­vi­sion will con­tin­ue … to en­sure that com­pa­nies that bla­tant­ly cheat con­sumers of the ben­e­fits of free mar­kets are pros­e­cut­ed to the full ex­tent of the law.”

Pre-mar­ket trad­ing showed a mut­ed re­ac­tion from in­vestors, with Te­va shares down about 3% ear­ly Wednes­day.

Te­va is the sev­enth com­pa­ny to be charged for rig­ging gener­ic drug prices, the de­part­ment added. Five of the cas­es were set­tled in de­ferred pros­e­cu­tion agree­ments, while the sixth is await­ing a tri­al.

Each of the counts in­clud­ed in Tues­day’s fil­ing car­ries a max­i­mum of $100 mil­lion in penal­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the DoJ re­lease, Te­va par­tic­i­pat­ed in three sep­a­rate price fix­ing plots from at least as ear­ly as May 2013 and through at least De­cem­ber 2015. The most promi­nent drug in­volved was pravas­tatin, a com­mon treat­ment used to low­er cho­les­terol and re­duce the risks of heart at­tack and stroke.

Te­va col­lud­ed with In­di­an gener­ic man­u­fac­tur­er Glen­mark, Cana­di­an phar­ma Apo­tex and oth­er un­named co-con­spir­a­tors, the DoJ ac­cus­es, to raise prices of pravas­tatin and oth­er gener­ic drugs. Apo­tex set­tled with pros­e­cu­tors and agreed to pay a $24.1 mil­lion fine in May, while a grand ju­ry in­dict­ed Glen­mark in Ju­ly.

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, the Is­raeli phar­ma stands ac­cused of en­gag­ing in two oth­er al­leged schemes with Taro Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and No­var­tis’ gener­ics unit San­doz, re­spec­tive­ly. Taro and San­doz both ad­mit­ted to their roles in the plots ear­li­er this year and paid fines of about $200 mil­lion each. Top ex­ec­u­tives from the com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing a for­mer se­nior No­var­tis ex­ec­u­tive, were al­so pre­vi­ous­ly charged.

Le­gal pro­ceed­ings are adding up for Te­va, as the Medicare case brought last week blamed the com­pa­ny for pay­ing over $300 mil­lion in kick­backs to sep­a­rate foun­da­tions be­tween 2006 and 2015. That re­sult­ed in the quin­tu­pling of the cost of Co­pax­one, a for­mer cash cow that peaked at $3 bil­lion in year­ly sales.

The New York law­suit al­leged more ne­far­i­ous mis­deeds on Te­va’s part, ac­cus­ing that the com­pa­ny “know­ing­ly fur­thered false nar­ra­tives” in or­der to boost sales and mis­rep­re­sent­ed the risks of fen­tanyl-based drugs for off-la­bel use.

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