The UK OFT makes recommendations to government on UK medicines distribution

On 11 December 2007, the OFT issued the results of its market study into the distribution of medicines in the UK. The review was initiated after Pfizer announced it would be introducing a Direct to Pharmacy (DTP) distribution model, appointing Unichem as its exclusive Logistics Service Provider (LSP). The OFT received numerous complaints raising concerns that the arrangement was anti-competitive. The OFT declined to grant interim measures to prevent the arrangement being put in place and chose not to investigate it under its Competition Act powers at that time. Instead it launched the market study last April, with a commitment to report by the end of the year. Market studies can lead to a number of different outcomes, including the OFT making recommendations to Government, referring

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  • Euclid Law (London)
  • Linklaters (London)
  • Kirkland & Ellis (London)
  • British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
  • Linklaters (London)
  • Linklaters (London)

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Robert Gavin, Eamonn Doran, Paula Riedel, Claudia Berg, Nigel Jones, Shane Griffin, The UK OFT makes recommendations to government on UK medicines distribution, 11 December 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2007, Art. N° 41670

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