Becton Dickinson Heads To Trial In Catheter Antitrust Case

Becton Dickinson subsidiary CR Bard must face trial on claims that it’s trying to corner the market for certain blood vessel catheters by leveraging its monopoly on an electronic system for locating them within the body, a federal judge in Syracuse, New York, ruled.

Judge Brenda K. Sannes denied dueling motions by Bard and AngioDynamics, the rival device maker leading the lawsuit, refusing either to throw out the antitrust case or impose liability without the benefit of a trial in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Albany, N.Y.-based Angiodynamic’s lawsuit claims that Bard has a dominant position in the tip location system market and will only sell the 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.

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