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European Commission opens inquiry into aid to German pharmaceutical companies

8:22 AM MDT | July 24, 2013 | Deepti Ramesh

The European Commission says it has opened an in-depth investigation to verify whether a German scheme affecting pharmaceutical companies is in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme grants companies that are experiencing financial difficulties exemptions from rebates that pharmaceutical companies are obliged to offer to German public sickness funds and private health insurers. Germany, based on a council directive that allows member states to impose a price freeze on medicinal products, has introduced an obligatory manufacturer's rebate of 16% to be granted by...

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