Direct Purchasers of Suboxone Certified as a Class in Product Hop Case


On September 26, 2019, Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania certified a class of direct purchasers of Reckitt Benckiser’s opioid addiction drug, Suboxone, and appointed Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP as Co-Lead Counsel for the class. 

In In re Suboxone, plaintiffs allege that Reckitt reformulated its original Suboxone tablet into a different Suboxone formulation—an oral film—in order to suppress generic competition for the drug.  Reckitt ultimately withdrew its Suboxone tablets from the market.  Plaintiffs further allege that Reckitt undertook additional actions to delay generic entry, including filing baseless citizen petitions with the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to sabotage the FDA’s Abbreviated New Drug Application process for approving generic alternatives, and obstructing efforts to create a joint REMS program (a drug safety program required for certain medications).

In its Order, the Court certified a class of “[a]ll persons or entities in the United States and its territories who purchased branded Suboxone tablets directly from Reckitt at any time during the period January 1, 2012 through March 14, 2013.”

A copy of the Order can be found here.

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Kristyn Fields' practice is focused on antitrust litigation. Kristyn is an Associate in the firm's New York office.Prior to joining F&F, Kristyn interned for the Honorable Martin Marcus, New York Supreme Court, Bronx County. As well, Kristyn participated in the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic providing pro bono counsel to emerging start-up companies. While at Brooklyn Law School, Kristyn served as an Executive Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law. Also, Kristyn was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.Kristyn earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2016). Kristyn earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College (B.A., Political Science, 2013).Kristyn is licensed to practice law in New York.

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