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FTC Commences Antitrust Action Against Schein, Patterson, and Benco

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has commenced action against Henry Schein, Inc., Patterson Companies, Inc., and Benco Dental Supply Company for an alleged antitrust conspiracy to prevent dentists from gaining access to lower priced dental supplies from other competing companies.  This takes this issue out of purely private litigation and adds the clout of the FTC and government sanctions to issues that had previously been only privately litigated.  To read the FTC announcement and summary of its action against the three dental supply companies, use the first link below.  To read the FTC complete complaint against the three dental supply companies, use the second link below.  (FTC announcement and summary of action against dental supply companies)  (FTC complete complaint against dental supply companies)