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Australia's Competition Regulator Authorizes Another Year Of Close Collaboration

ACCC Extends Permission For GBMA And Medicines Australia To Share Information

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Australian off-patent industry association GBMA and brand body Medicines Australia can continue to collaborate closely as part of work to mitigate shortages in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided, extending an existing authorization by a further year.

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