High Blood Pressure Patients

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Some of the state's high blood pressure patients who took the medication Cardizem CD may be entitled to money from a $21 million fund.

The drug makers of Cardizem CD and its generic equivalents are at the forefront of a proposed settlement of a nationwide antitrust lawsuit. The class action suit was filed last year by the Attorneys General of all 50 states.

The suit alleges the drug maker Aventis overcharged consumers by keeping cheaper generic versions of the high blood pressure medicine off the market.

Attorney General Mike Cox says the $21 million fund created by the settlement could mean up to hundreds of dollars for patients.

Consumers who brought the drugs anytime between January 1,1998 and January 29,2003 must file their claims by Sept. 23. To file a claim, call 1-800-372-2406.

Cox said he estimates that at least 50,000 consumers are eligible for reimbursement.