Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

0610217

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

The consent order settles charges that Barr Pharmaceutical, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Pliva d.d for approximately $2.5 billion would have eliminated current or future competition between Barr and Pliva in certain markets for generic pharmaceuticals treating depression, high blood pressure and ruptured blood vessels, and in the market for organ preservation solutions, thereby increasing the likelihood that consumers would pay more for these vital products. In settling the Commission’s charges, Barr is required to sell its generic antidepressant trazodone and its generic blood pressure medication triamterene/HCTZ. Barr also is required to divest either Pliva’s or Barr’s generic nimodipine for use in treating ruptured blood vessels in the brain. Finally, Barr is required to divest Pliva’s branded organ preservation solution Custodial.