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Senators Look for E-Cigarette Marketing Limits

February 26, 2014 4:14 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Several U.S. senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would curb electronic cigarette marketing while the fast-growing industry awaits federal regulation. The bill introduced Wednesday by California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and others would ban marketing to children based on standards set by the Federal Trade Commission.

FTC Cracks Down on Weight-Loss Scams

January 9, 2014 10:26 am | Videos | Comments

CNN reports on the FTC's crackdown on weight-loss products for deceptive advertising. ...

FTC Asks for More Info for Actavis Acquisition

July 11, 2013 11:23 am | News | Comments

Actavis announced that federal regulators have requested additional...

Hedge Fund Manager Applauds Call for Herbalife Investigation

March 13, 2013 7:51 am | News | Comments

Hedge fund manager William Ackman is applauding a consumer group's push for...

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FTC Study: In FY 2012, Branded Drug Firms Significantly Increased the Use of Potential Pay-for-Delay Settlements to Keep Generic Competitors off the Market

January 17, 2013 9:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Record Number of Agreements Cover 31 Different Products, With Combined Annual U.S. Sales of More Than $8.3 Billion

FTC Upholds Decision Against POM Wonderful

January 17, 2013 3:08 am | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission has upheld a judge's earlier decision that POM Wonderful made deceptive claims about the health benefits of its products.

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges That Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s Acquisition of Actavis Inc. Would Have Been Anticompetitive

December 14, 2012 6:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.?s proposed acquisition of Actavis Inc. would have been anticompetitive in the markets for 21 current and future generic drugs used to treat a wide...

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FTC Staff Opinion: The Methodist Hospital System May Sell Discounted Shortage Drugs to Baytown EMS as an Emergency Humanitarian Gesture; FTC Approves Final Order Settling Char...

November 30, 2012 7:20 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

In a letter issued today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission advised The Methodist Hospital System that its proposal to resell pharmaceuticals it purchased at a discount to Baytown EMS is a permissible emergency humanitarian gesture. Following a public comment period, the Federal...

FTC Files Amicus Brief Explaining That Pharmaceutical "Product Hopping" Can Be the Basis for an Antitrust Lawsuit

November 27, 2012 7:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission filed an amicus brief before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania explaining that minor, non-therapeutic changes to a branded pharmaceutical product that harm generic competition can constitute exclusionary conduct that violates...

FTC Places Conditions on Watson Pharmaceutical's Proposed Acquisition of Actavis

October 15, 2012 1:21 pm | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

To Protect Competition, Companies Agree to Sell Rights and Assets to 18 Drugs to Sandoz and Par, Relinquish Manufacturing and Marketing Rights for Three Other Drugs

FTC Submits Amicus Brief Explaining that Drug Companies Use ?No-Authorized Generic? Agreements to Delay Generic Competition

October 9, 2012 6:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey stating that an agreement by a branded drug company not to launch an authorized generic (AG) drug ?provides a convenient method for branded drug firms to pay generic patent...

FTC Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review in AndroGel "Pay-for-Delay" Case

October 4, 2012 1:21 pm | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Solicitor General of the United States Files Petition on Behalf of the Agency

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Medifast to Pay $3.7M to Settle FTC Charges

September 10, 2012 8:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Unsupported Weight-Loss Claims Violated Previous Order, Agency Alleges

FTC to Return Money to Victims of Allegedly Deceptive Drug Price Claims by CVS Caremark

September 4, 2012 7:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

The FTC will provide refunds to nearly 13,000 consumers who paid significantly more for their drugs than they expected based on allegedly deceptive pricing claims made by CVS Caremark.

FTC Files Amicus Brief Explaining That "No-AG" Agreements Are Used by Drug Companies to Delay Generic Competition

August 13, 2012 8:20 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission filed an amicus brief before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey explaining that an agreement by a branded company not to launch an authorized generic (AG) drug is a ?convenient method? for branded drug firms to pay generic patent...

FTC Staff Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Generic Pharmaceutical Association's Proposed Initiative to Address Drug Shortages

August 8, 2012 11:20 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Program's Numerous Safeguards Make It Unlikely to Harm Competition

Statement by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Ruling in the K-Dur 20 Matter

July 16, 2012 9:20 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz issued the following statement regarding a key ruling issued today by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit regarding the legality of patent settlements between branded and generic manufacturers of the high blood...

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FTC Puts Conditions on Novartis AG's Acquisition of Fougera Holdings, Inc.

July 16, 2012 8:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Settlement Order Protects Competition in the Markets for Skin Care Gels and Cream

FTC Approves Amended Final Order Settling Charges that Teva's Proposed Acquisition of Cephalon was Anticompetitive in Markets for Several Generic Drugs

July 3, 2012 7:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an amended final order settling charges that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.'s proposed acquisition of rival Cephalon, Inc. would have been anticompetitive in the markets for several current and future generic drugs.

FTC Issues Modified Final Order Settling Charges that Perrigo's Acquisition of Paddock Laboratories Was Anticompetitive in Market for Generic Pharmaceuticals

June 26, 2012 9:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a modified final order settling charges that Perrigo Company's $540 million acquisition of Paddock Laboratories, Inc., as proposed, was anticompetitive and would have reduced the number of manufacturers for four...

FTC Approves Final Settlement with CVS Caremark

May 15, 2012 7:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Following a public comment period, the FTC has accepted as final an order with CVS Caremark settling charges that it misrepresented the prices of certain Medicare Part D prescription drugs, including drugs used to treat breast cancer symptoms and epilepsy, at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

FTC Chairman Releases 2012 Annual Highlights

March 30, 2012 6:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz released the agency?s 2012 Annual Highlights today at the spring meeting of the American Bar Association?s Section of Antitrust Law in Washington, DC, recognizing the agency?s continued efforts to protect consumers and promote competition.

FTC Testifies on Proposed Antitrust Exemption for Community Pharmacies

March 29, 2012 6:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission testified today before Congress about proposed legislation that would exempt independent pharmacies from the antitrust laws, saying that such an exemption is likely to reduce competition and innovation, and ultimately increase prices for health care consumers...

Omnicare Abandons Plan to Buy Rival Pharmacy in Light of FTC Lawsuit; FTC Votes to Dismiss its Complaint Seeking to Block the Transaction

February 23, 2012 6:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed the complaint it issued in January seeking to block Omnicare, Inc.'s hostile acquisition of rival long-term care pharmacy provider PharMerica Corporation, in light of Omnicare's recent decision to abandon the proposed transaction.

FTC Sues to Block Omnicare's Bid to Buy Rival Pharmacy Provider PharMerica(13)

January 27, 2012 6:21 pm | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Deal Would Lead to Higher Costs for Medicare Patients and Taxpayers, Agency Alleges

CVS Caremark Corporation Settles FTC Deceptive Pricing Charges

January 12, 2012 6:20 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Many Seniors and Disabled Consumers Hit With Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

FTC Protects Consumers by Requiring Valeant to Sell Three Prescription Drugs as Condition to Acquire Rival Dermatology Businesses from Sanofi and Johnson and Johnson

December 12, 2011 11:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Protecting competition in the market for three topical dermatology drugs, the Federal Trade Commission has approved orders requiring Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. to divest three drugs used to treat different skin ailments, as conditions of acquiring Ortho Dermatologics,...

FTC Testifies Before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Agency's Work to Promote Competition and Benefit Consumers

December 7, 2011 5:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

In testimony today before a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission detailed its work to promote competition and benefit consumers, including preventing anticompetitive mergers, restricting "pay-for-delay" pharmaceutical agreements that increase...

Statement of FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz at his Reappointment Hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee

November 15, 2011 10:21 am | by Federal Trade Commission | News | Comments

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz delivered the following statement at a hearing today before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to consider his nomination for a second term on the Commission

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