Baroda (Gujarat) [India], Jan 16 ( ANI ): The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found the Chemists and Druggists Association of Baroda (CDAB) to be in contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002.
A complaint was filed with the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) in 2009, alleging that the CDAB has indulged in restrictive trade practices.
Allegedly, the CDAB, through its practices, was limiting and controlling the supply of drugs and medicines in the market by mandating 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) prior to appointment of stockists and payment of 'Product Information Service' (PIS) charges prior to the introduction of new products in the market by pharmaceutical companies.
Besides, there were allegations that CDAB was fixing the trade margins for the wholesalers and retailers.
Investigations carried out by the DG established contravention on part of the CDAB. After a detailed enquiry, the CCI passed an order on September 5, 2012, wherein it was found that the CDAB was imposing the requirement of mandatory NOC and was also fixing margins for the wholesalers and retailers by enforcing the norms laid down by the All India Origin Chemists and Distributors (AIOCD).
Pursuant to an appeal filed by the CDAB, the erstwhile Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT), vide its order dated November 18, 2016, set aside the CCI's September 2012 order on a procedural issue and remanded the matter back to the CCI for fresh adjudication.
After allowing CDAB with an opportunity to cross-examine various witnesses, the CCI allowed parties to file their written submissions and conducted a detailed hearing in the matter.
If the two-letter words are denoted by AB and CD, one must find three four-letter words with the patterns ABCD or CDAB
, ACBD or CADB, and ACDB or CABD.