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OFT accuses Reckitt of market abuse

23rd February 2010

The Office of Fair Trading has said household manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser rigged the market to obtain a monopoly with its heartburn product Gaviscon.

If the company is found guilty it could have to pay the NHS up to £40 million, as it is accused of selling the product to the health service for three times the price of generic medication. In response to the OFT's accusation, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) said: "The OFT has stressed that no assumptions should be made at this stage. RB believes it competes fairly and within the letter and spirit of the law in all of our operations, and has co-operated fully with the OFT throughout its inquiry."

 

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