AngioDynamics Lawsuit Alleges C.R. Bard is Violating Antitrust Laws, Harming Competition and Limiting Access
Tip location systems are devices that can be used to aid healthcare professionals in the bed-side placement of a PICC. The lawsuit claims that Bard has a dominant position in the tip location system market and will only sell the proprietary stylet necessary to operate its tip location systems preloaded in its PICCs, not separately which would allow any type of PICC to be used with the tip location systems. By doing so, customers who want to buy Bard's tip location systems must also buy Bard's line of PICCs, preventing hospitals and other medical providers from purchasing AngioDynamics' superior BioFlo PICCs.
"AngioDynamics introduces innovative technologies, like the BioFlo PICC, that are designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs to the healthcare system," said
BioFlo PICCs offer a benefit to patients in the marketplace due to its proprietary technology, Endexo, that test results have demonstrated has 87% less thrombus accumulation on its surface than traditional PICCs1, producing fewer complications and facilitating higher patient care at a lower cost.
"This case involves a classic violation of the antitrust laws. Bard has no justification for preventing purchasers from choosing to use its market-leading tip location systems with AngioDynamics' innovative BioFlo PICCs," said
The lawsuit seeks to end Bard's violation of the antitrust laws and recover treble damages for its losses due to Bard's violations, as well as attorneys' fees and other costs.
1 Based on benchtop test results which may not be indicative of clinical results. Data on file.
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