The Hungarian Competition Office finds certain marketing and advertising restrictions on pharmacists contrary to both Art. 81 EC and its Hungarian equivalent (Association of Hungarian Pharmacists)

The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) initiated proceedings against the Association of Hungarian Pharmacists (AHP) in order to verify whether certain rules of the AHP regulating advertising and marketing by pharmacists infringe Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 11 of the Hungarian Competition Act (the national provision similar to Article 81 EC). The HCO also assessed various individual decisions brought on the basis of the said rules. The AHP is a self-governing public association of pharmacists, where membership is compulsory; only the members of the AHP are allowed to open pharmacies and thus sell prescription drugs. The AHP in its Code of Ethics (CE) included a rule, whereby the pharmacist is prohibited from “giving advantages to certain patients or institutions in order to

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Gábor Fejes, Lia Scheuer-Szabó, The Hungarian Competition Office finds certain marketing and advertising restrictions on pharmacists contrary to both Art. 81 EC and its Hungarian equivalent (Association of Hungarian Pharmacists), 18 May 2007, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 13782

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