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Price fixing not justified to protect pharmacies in rural areas

On 19 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an important judgment concerning the German law on fixing prices of retail prescription drugs. In the case before the Higher Regional Court of...more

Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding...more

2016 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Cartel enforcement activity promises to remain busy In the coming months and into 2017 Cartel enforcement remains a priority for competition authorities around the world. Global cartel fines totaled more than $6...more

European Life Sciences Review: Issue 3

Welcome to the third issue of our European Life Sciences Review that covers some of the most critical developments in the pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors in the last month and is produced by our life sciences...more

China Competition Authority Initiates Drug Pricing Investigation

On May 22, 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (the NDRC) of China promulgated a notice (the Pricing Investigation Notice) announcing that it would carry out a nationwide drug pricing investigation on...more

Changes in the regulatory control of the pharmaceutical market - Q1 2016 Review

Until January 1, 2017, for confirming the state registration of a foreign medicinal product, it is permitted to present a certificate of GMP ?ompliance (obtained in the country of origin) to the applicable GMP standards in...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – May 2016

Special Focus on “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Privacy Shield and E.U. Data Transfers: Alston & Bird’s privacy team has been closely following the development of Privacy Shield, the proposed successor to the E.U.-U.S. Safe Harbor...more

Tobacco Cases Expose Tension Between Antitrust and Public Health

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) regarding the sale of tobacco products highlights a long-standing tension between two sets of laws: antitrust/competition laws, which seek to keep products affordable...more

The CMA will see you now

On 3 December 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) wrote an open letter to private medical practitioners in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning against...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2015

For health care professionals who began accepting Meaningful Use incentive money at the outset of availability under the Medicare option in 2011, the year 2015 is an important year. By starting early, eligible health care...more

Privacy Tuesday – August 2015: Three Bytes for End of Summer

It’s Privacy Tuesday again – and summer is winding down. Here are three bytes of privacy/security information to start your week...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2015

Continuing an EU-wide trend, yet another trade association has been fined in the UK for cartel activities. This time it was a medical professionals’ association. The message is clear; trade associations of all types need to...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - December 2014

In This Issue: - Regulatory Authorities - Energy - Public Economy Law - Contracts - Public Health - Comparative Law - Excerpt from Regulatory Authorities: French...more

China Amps Up Anti-Corruption Effort – What This Means for Your Company

Last Friday, China’s 15-month-long bribery investigation into British multinational pharmaceutical GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) ended after a one-day trial in which the court found GSK’s local subsidiary guilty of bribing doctors...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - March 2014

In this issue: - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Settles California Attorney General Charges over Delayed Data Breach Notification - Status of the EU Regulation and the Safe Harbor Framework - FTC Steps...more

FTC Workshop Seeks to Spark Biosimilars Competition

Demand for biologics is growing fast, but even after Congress passed authorizing legislation in 2010, the pace of generic entry appears to have stalled. Seeking to spur increased generic competition, the FTC held an all-day...more

China’s Life Sciences Regulatory Crackdown: September 10 Update

The regulatory enforcement environment in China remains tense, as both the Chinese government and media bring new actions and allegations against life sciences manufacturers in both the pharmaceutical and device sectors. We...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - July 2013 • Volume 2, Number 4

In This Issue: - CONNECTICUT AUTO BODY SHOPS AWARDED MILLIONS IN CONNECTICUT UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT CLASS ACTION AGAINST THE HARTFORD: In a closely-watched Connecticut state court action that has dragged on for...more

Health Care Reform Update -- April 2, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

No Standing for Illegal Drugs: Third Circuit Limits Antitrust Standing for Foreign Drug Manufacturers Absent FDA Approval

A Third Circuit panel recently ruled that a foreign drug manufacturer lacks antitrust standing when it could only sell its product in the United States through a distributor....more

It's Your Business Newsletter -- December 2012

In This Issue: ..Export Controls: Increased Enforcement Demands an Effective Export Compliance Program - United States exporters are subject to an extremely complex and often overlapping system of export...more

"The Global Competition Landscape: A Conversation With Sharis Pozen"

Skadden recently welcomed Sharis A. Pozen, former Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as a new partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Sharis discusses her DOJ...more

Clearance: Proskauer's Quarterly Antitrust Update - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Exchange Of Employee Wage Information: What Is Permitted Under The Antitrust Laws? - Minn-Chem Maximizes Sherman Act's Reach - The FTC Goes Retro to Win Down South - 7th Circuit Clarifies...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - May 2012 • Volume 1, Number 1

In this issue: - McCarran Repeal Legislation Passes in the House In late March, legislation that would repeal the health insurance industry’s antitrust exemption, contained in the McCarran Ferguson Act (15 USC...more

European Court Moves to Protect Online Selling

Following are links to the decision of the European Court in the Pierre Fabre case (referral from the French Court of Appeal) (English version, French version), which concerned an absolute ban on selling products other than...more

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