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Suture Express Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor
Date:12/6/2012

ining 90 percent of medical products to force customers to buy suture and endomechanical products from them as well. Suture products include sutures, skin adhesives, surgical needles, and other wound closure products.  Endomechanical products include devices such as surgical staplers and laparoscopic tools.

As a result of the abuse of market power to reduce competition by Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor, Suture Express has lost substantial sales during the last four years, according the to the lawsuit.  Antitrust suits carry treble damages, which is why Suture Express is seeking in excess of $200 million from the two defendants.  The lawsuit claims that Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor have violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act, Section 2 of the Sherman Act, Section 3 of the Clayton Act, and Kansas Statutes, Chapter 50, Unfair Trade and Consumer Protection.  Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP and Polsinelli Shughart LLP represent Suture Express in the lawsuit.

"In filing this case, we're asking the court to ensure a level playing field so customers don't face financial disincentives for choosing innovative specialty distributors like Suture Express," Forsythe said.  "We want to ensure that companies like ours – which come up with new, innovative and more affordable ways to serve the healthcare market – get a fair shot against the entrenched giants of healthcare distribution.  We just want to be able to compete based on our ability to deliver enhanced service at an extremely competitive price."

About Suture Express
Suture Express is the nation's leading specialty distributor of suture, endomechanical and other surgical products, with more than 6,000 SKUs always in stock and ready to ship. The company's centrally located operations enable rapid service and delivery to any provider in the United States. Customers include independent hospitals and integrated delivery networks, as well as am
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