Wednesday, January 23, 2019

CCI imposed a penalty on CDAB

CCI imposed a penalty on CDAB


CCI imposed a penalty on CDAB
In January 2019, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty on the Chemists and Druggists Association of Baroda (CDAB) for violating the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002. 

CDAB was found to be limiting and controlling the supply of drugs and medicines in the market by mandating ‘No Objection Certificate’ before the appointment of stockists and payment of ‘Product Information Service’ charges prior to the introduction of new products in the market by pharmaceutical companies.

The case against CDAB was first filed with the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) in 2009 alleging that the CDAB has indulged in restrictive trade practices. 
The allegations were that the CDAB is limiting and controlling the supply of drugs and medicines in the market by mandating NOC prior to the appointment of stockists and payment of ‘Product Information Service’ charges prior to the introduction of new products in the market by pharmaceutical companies.

Besides, there were allegations that CDAB was fixing the trade margins for the wholesalers/retailers. Subsequently, the case was transferred to the Commission by MRTPC.

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