UK CMA Issues £70m Fines To Pfizer And Flynn Over Phenytoin
Competition Regulator Finds Firms Abused Dominant Position To Overcharge NHS
After reassessing part of a UK case involving Pfizer and Flynn Pharma over pricing for phenytoin sodium capsules, the country’s competition regulator has reaffirmed that the companies abused their dominant positions to overcharge the NHS and has issued £70m in fines.
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