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Brexit: Phased Approach for Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) for the Pharmaceuticals Sector

The UK Cabinet Office released a statement last Thursday 5th November 2020 that could provide some breathing space for the UK/EU pharmaceuticals sector during the Brexit transition, by indicating that a one year implementation period would apply to application of the protocol for certain matters. For the pharmaceuticals sector, these include batch testing, importation and … Continue Reading

For Your Eyes Only: Anticompetitive Collusion at a UK Hospital

Last week the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its decision to fine Spire and 7 consultants ophthalmologists operating in its Macclesfield hospital for fixing “the level of the initial consultation fees charged by the Ophthalmologists at the Hospital” (para 3.34). This is a classic ‘price-fixing’ decision against ophthalmologists who agreed to charge the … Continue Reading
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