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  1. Legal news
    19 April 2021
    Hoffman-La Roche – Novartis dispute over Avastin drug referred back to the ECJ for the second time

    On 18 March 2021, the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (“Consiglio di Stato” or “CdS”) wrote a new episode in the long-lasting Hoffman La Roche - Novartis saga related to the Avastin drug, which may have serious ...

  2. Legal news
    16 November 2021
    Competition Developments During COVID

    COVID-19 has disrupted entire industries and communities, shuttering many businesses but also creating new opportunities. Businesses that have survived, and even thrived, have done so by innovating and adapting. At ...

  3. Legal news
    14 July 2021
    Badmouthing Your Competitor’s Products: When Does Denigration Become an Antitrust Issue?

    In this article, published in the American Bar Association’s publication Antitrust Source, the authors explore the evolving case law in addressing claims that dominant firms can violate Article 102 of the Treaty on the ...

  4. Legal news
    19 April 2021
    “Combat” against competition crime and COVID-19 - German Competition Register and VCI Emergency Platform for vaccination equipment are online

    The Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has recently launched the German Competition Register for Public Procurement (“Competition Register”) and approved the participation if pharmaceutical wholesalers in the VCI Emergency ...

  5. Legal news
    07 October 2019
    Dutch competition authority ACM publishes a sector report on the impact of biosimilars on competition between TNF-alfa inhibitors

    The Dutch competition authority, ACM, initiated a market study in 2018 into the effect of the introduction of biosimilars on the competition between TNF alfa inhibitors. TNF-alfa inhibitors are biological medicines that ...

  6. Legal news
    05 February 2019
    "Effective enforcement of EU competition rules in the pharmaceutical law remains a matter of high priority…"

    So notes the Commission's report on competition enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector (2009-2017) published at the end of January 2019.

  7. Legal news
    24 July 2017
    The European Commission initiates an investigation into alleged excessive pricing practices in the pharmaceutical sector

    The European Commission (EC) has opened a formal investigation into certain alleged excessive pricing practices pursued by Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited (Aspen), so-called "price gouging", in relation to off-patent ...

  8. Legal news
    17 November 2020
    The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority proposes prohibition of a three-to-two merger in the healthcare sector

    On 29 September 2020, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority ("FCCA") proposed the Market Court to prohibit the merger between two national healthcare market players, Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna. If not ...

  9. Legal news
    09 April 2020
    Increased leeway for cooperation between Pharma and Medical Equipment companies during the COVID-19 crisis

    Competition rules are aimed at safeguarding healthy competition between companies. For more than half a century the EU and its Member States have vigorously defended effective competition by pursuing and sanctioning ...

  10. Legal news
    14 June 2021
    Update on the Belgian Competition Authority decisional practice

    On 28 May 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) had fined the Belgian Order of Pharmacists (“BOP”) for hampering the development of MediCare Market, a chain of pharmacies and para-pharmacies, in Belgium. The ...