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Competition Law Update: Seeking No-Objection Certificates Limits Supplies – CCI Finds Pharma Companies and Trade Associations in Cahoots Yet Again

Competition Law & Policy | Jun 11, 2019

On receipt of information from a member of the chemist trade association alleging contravention of Section 3 of the Competition Act 2002 (“Act”) by rival trade associations including Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Druggist Association (“MPCDA”) and pharmaceutical companies, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) directed the Director General (“DG”) to investigate the matter. The crux of the allegations pertained to the influence exerted by MPCDA and its district factions (by way of issuance of no-objection letters) on the process of appointment of stockists by pharmaceutical companies in Madhya Pradesh.

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