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Competition Commission of India Imposes Penalty on Karnataka Chemists & Druggist Association and pharmaceutical company Lupin

News and Press Release - Dated:- 2-8-2016 - The Competition Commission of India ( Commission ) has found the Karnataka Chemists and Druggist Association ( KCDA ) and Lupin Ltd. ( Lupin ) to be in contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act .....

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) is obtained from it. It was alleged that Lupin refused to supply drugs to M/s Maruti & Co. on account of not having obtained NOC from KCDA. Following a detailed investigation by the Director General ( DG ), the Commission has found that KCDA wa .....

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ion in similar cases in other parts of India with respect to this NOC practice, have not abstained from indulging in such anti-competitive conduct. Instead of desisting from such activity, these associations are mandating the NOC requirement, either .....

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ified that the use of benign nomenclatures by these associations will not absolve them of the legal consequences of their anti-competitive conduct. Based on the evidence collected by the DG during investigation, the Commission concluded that KCDA has .....

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3(3)(b) of the Act . KCDA was thus found to have contravened the provisions of Section 3(1) read with Section 3(3)(b) of the Act . The Commission also observed that the pharmaceutical companies, without any resistance, cooperate with such association .....

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iations, thus becoming perpetrators of such anti-competitive practice. The Commission has thus held the pharmaceutical company, Lupin, to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Act for its anti-competitive arrangement/understand .....

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Act, for their active involvement in the anti-competitive practice of KCDA and also on account of the positions of responsibility held by them in KCDA during the period of contravention. Two of the officials of Lupin, namely Mr. Amit Kumar Dhiman and .....

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