For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: August 13, 2003

September 23 Is Deadline To File Cardizem CD Claims

(Boise) - Idahoans who purchased Cardizem® CD or any of its AB3-rated generic equivalents may now file claims for refunds under a previously announced settlement, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

The reimbursement is the result of an antitrust settlement between the attorneys general of all 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia and Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Aventis") and Andrx Corporation ("Andrx").

Idaho consumers who purchased Cardizem CD or its generic equivalents from January 1, 1998 through January 29, 2003 may be eligible to file a claim. The claim form and filing information is accessible via the Attorney General's website by clicking here or by calling: (800) 372–2406.

Claims must be postmarked by September 23, 2003.

"Idahoans who relied on this medication to treat high blood pressure and chest pain were victims of anti-competitive practices by the manufacturers of Cardizem CD," Attorney General Wasden said. "The delayed introduction of lower priced generic versions of the drug forced many Idahoans to pay more for their treatment."

The amount to be refunded will depend upon the number of claims filed. In addition, Aventis and Andrx agreed to reimburse the state of Idaho approximately $70,000 for harm caused to state agencies.

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NOTE TO READERS - This settlement information has expired and is no longer available.

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