Sophie Lawrance quoted in PaRR Global

The European Commission is investigating claims that Vifor restricted competition by making misleading claims about competitor Pharmacosmos. This is a unique case, which breaks new ground as the EC's first pure disparagement case.


This is the EC’s first pure disparagement case, and it involves a dispute between two originators rather than the more common originator/generic. PaRR interviewed competition lawyers on their views on – and the potential implications of – the novel case.

Our competition law specialist, Sophie Lawrance, highlighted that disparagement can be a significant issue for pharmaceutical companies who are seeking to differentiate and market their products. This is because these businesses will be wary of comparative marketing materials being perceived as denigrating a competitor.

For more information and to see the full article, visit the PaRR website.

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