Pharma Mergers May Have Tougher Time Clearing FTC Under New Review Scheme
FTC is working with Canadian and European enforcement agencies to come up with new approach to merger reviews that could look at effects on innovation and companies' past conduct. FTC to review closed mergers to see if corrective action is necessary, FTC acting chair says.
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