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Court Ruling On Pfizer Price Hikes Could Delay Other Investigations, Warns UK Competition Authority

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Ongoing Investigations into drug price increases could be at risk following a tribunal ruling in the UK phenytoin sodium case, according to the Competition and Markets Authority, which is considering an appeal against the judgment.

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The recent upsurge in cases of high drug prices being pursued by competition authorities in Europe could help to lay down some markers for judging what is an “excessive” price in future. At the same time, Brexit could see the UK and the EU begin to drift apart in terms of how they apply competition law to pricing issues.

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