Suture Express Inc. has filed a $200 million antitrust lawsuit against two medical supply companies.
It alleges that Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH) and Virginia-based Owens & Minor Inc. (NYSE: OMI), which compete with Suture Express, have engaged in anticompetitive behavior since 2009 by imposing a surcharge on customers that did not buy large bundles of supplies from the two companies.
“The fundamental reason why this lawsuit was launched is to provide customers a choice for delivery mechanism for suture and endomechanical devices, and a better outcome for all,” Suture Express CEO Brian Forsythe said.
The surcharges create an inefficient supply chain that’s bad for hospitals, payers and device manufacturers, he said.
The Overland Park-based suture and endomechanical product distributor filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Kansas.