The Portuguese Competition Authority publishes a report in favour of liberalising the distribution of pharmaceutical products at retail level

The Economics Department of the Catholic University of Portugal carried out a Report for the Portuguese Autoridade da Concorrência (hereinafter, “the NCA”) concerning the liberalisation of the resale of pharmaceuticals at retail level. The Report sought to: Identify barriers to entry arising from the current regulatory framework applying he sector. Undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the anticompetitive features of the said regulation. Propose modifications to the current regulatory framework. The Report compares the Portuguese regulatory framework of the activity to six other Member States of the European Community: Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland. The outcome of this preliminary “benchmarking exercise” is clear: the Portuguese regulation of

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, The Portuguese Competition Authority publishes a report in favour of liberalising the distribution of pharmaceutical products at retail level, 29 November 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2005, Art. N° 391

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