EU Fines French Pharmacists €5M For Price-Fixing

Law360, New York (December 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EST) -- France's national association of pharmacists has been slapped with €5 million ($6.6 million) in fines following the European Union antitrust watchdog's determination that French pharmacists colluded to restrict competition for biomedical tests.

The European Commission said Wednesday that the Ordre National des Pharmaciens — which oversees pharmacies and clinical laboratories — broke competition rules by imposing minimum prices on the French market for clinical laboratory tests and hindering the development of groups of laboratories in that market.

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