The German Federal Cartel Office imposes a fine on associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers for organising and accomplishing a lecture series intended to convince pharmacists to refrain from price competition (Arzneimittelhersteller)

On 21 December 2007, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) imposed a fine on nine state associations of pharmacists, five pharmaceutical companies and the Federal Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers for organising and accomplishing a lecture series intended to convince pharmacists to refrain from price competition concerning OTC medicines and instead to adhere to the Recommended Retail Prices of the pharmaceutical manufacturers [1]. Background Over-the-counter medicines (OTC medicines) are pharmacy-only medicines which are available without prescription. Until the end of 2003, according to the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation (Arzneimittelpreisverordnung - AMPreisV) there was a national standard pharmaceutical market price for OTC medicines

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The German Federal Cartel Office imposes a fine on associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers for organising and accomplishing a lecture series intended to convince pharmacists to refrain from price competition (Arzneimittelhersteller), 21 December 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin Competition in the Pharmaceutical sector, Art. N° 21243

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