Merck & Co. Accused Of Breaking UK Law With Discount Scheme For Biosimilars

Published: May 23, 2017

Britain's competition watchdog has accused Merck & Co of operating an unfair discount scheme for its medicine Remicade that it said was designed to restrict competition from so-called biosimilar copies.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Tuesday it had provisionally found that the U.S. company's European unit, Merck Sharp & Dohme, had abused its dominant position through a discount scheme for Remicade.

Remicade, known generically as infliximab, is an antibody drug used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

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