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17 May 2011

EU Opens Antitrust Investigation Assessing Deal between Cephalon and Teva

The European Commission has launched a formal antitrust investigation to assess an agreement between Cephalon and Teva.

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation assessing whether a deal between US-based pharmaceutical company Cephalon and Israeli generic drugs firm Teva restricting the sale of a sleeping medicine breaks EU restrictive business practice laws.


Brussels will probe a 2005 agreement about the sale of the drug Modafinil where the companies settled patent infringement disputes in the UK and the US. It involved Teva not selling its generic Modafinil products in the European Economic Area (EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) before October 2012.


Although the Commission has yet to conclude whether the deal breaches EU treaty restrictive practice rules, it promised in a communiqué that ‘it will investigate the case as a matter of priority

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