Judge Halts Alzheimer’s Drug Swap

ALBANY (AP) -

A drug manufacturer on Thursday was ordered by a judge to halt plans to discontinue its widely used Alzheimer’s medication, allegedly in an effort to drive patients to a newer patented drug.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges anti-trust and state law violations by Actavis to avoid losses from generic alternatives coming out next year. The company has said its new drug Namenda XR is better than the old Namenda. They are appealing, with a hearing set for Monday.