Stat of the day: £89m

The sum Reckitt Benckiser is being sued for, over accusations of anti-competitive behaviour

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
It’s down to earth with a crash (or a Bang) for cleaning products/mustard/pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, which is facing an £89m lawsuit over claims it overcharged the NHS for its Gaviscon heartburn medicine.

In October, Reckitt was fined £10.2m by the Office of Fair Trading after the group admitted abusing the predominant position of the drug by withdrawing Gaviscon Original from the NHS prescription list. The move meant patients with a prescription for Original would be forced to use the patent-protected Gaviscon Advanced.  The lawsuit is being brought forward by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and the NHS. Not the best introduction for Rakesh Kapoor, who takes over from CEO Bart Becht later this year… 

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