FTC OPPOSES MAJOR DRUG WHOLESALER MERGERS

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission here has voted to block two proposed mergers involving the United States' top four pharmaceutical wholesalers because the deals would violate antitrust law.Supermarket pharmacy directors contacted by SN were positive, if cautiously so, about the potential results of the mergers and expected the wholesalers to dispute the FTC's finding.Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission here has voted to block two proposed mergers involving the United States' top four pharmaceutical wholesalers because the deals would violate antitrust law.

Supermarket pharmacy directors contacted by SN were positive, if cautiously so, about the potential results of the mergers and expected the wholesalers to dispute the FTC's finding.

Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health's plan to acquire Bergen Brunswig Corp., Orange, Calif., last Au

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