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Competition enforcement in the health sector

This series of articles analyses the French competition policy in the health sector, including the notice issued by the French Competition Authority in April 2019 relating to the sectors of medicines distribution and medical biology. Each article deals with the topic from a different perspective. The first two explain the need for competitive regulation of the health market and the inputs of the sectoral notice. The third presents the policy fighting excessive prices of medicinal products at a European level. The fourth and fifth gather reactions and concerns expressed by medical biology professionals. Finally, the last article contemplates the future of pharmacists’ independence.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The role of competition law in the health [1]sector Céline Devienne Rapporteur, Regulated Professions Department, Competition Authority, Paris Martial Dubonnet Rapporteur, Regulated Professions Department, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris 1. In the highly regulated health sector, it is necessary to strike the right balance between public health protection and competitive market regulation. Thus, the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use states that 'any regulation on the production, distribution or use of medicinal products must have as its essential aim the safeguarding of public health', while specifying that 'this aim must be

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Frédérique Berrod, Luc Besançon, Philippe Besset, François Blanchecotte, Gilles Bonnefond, Céline Devienne, Martial Dubonnet, Luis Godinho, Thomas Piquereau, Competition enforcement in the health sector, September 2019, Concurrences N° 3-2019, Art. N° 91075, pp. 22-40

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