Scottish ministers and health boards have settled a civil claim against a pharmaceutical company for allegedly fixing the price the NHS is charged for drugs with other pharmaceutical companies.

Norton Healthcare Limited and Norton Pharmaceuticals Limited have agreed, without admission of liability, to pay£2,837,500 in compensation and co-operate with continuing civil claims against a number of other companies regarding alleged price-fixing arrangements.

In February 2005, Scottish ministers and health boards lodged claims in the civil courts in England against a number of companies, in connection with forming alleged price-fixing cartels in respect of the following drugs - warfarin, ranitidine and penicillin-based drugs.

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