DRUGS: Storm over Sunshine D

The antitrust division of the Justice Department has eyed the $200,000,000-a-year vitamin business coldly for months. Trustbuster Wendell Berge has focused his eyes on the scholarly, highly respectable Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Through a handful of patents, the foundation exercises a schoolmaster's knuckle-whacking control over the industrial giants who turn out some $60,000,000 in synthetic vitamin D (the "sunshine vitamin") and related products every year.

High Prices. In Chicago's district court, antitrust intervened in a patent-infringement suit brought by the foundation. Last week antitrust charged that the foundation has conspired with...

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