16.12.2010

Suspected contact lens cartel is investigated

Suspected contact lens cartel is investigated

By Martin Burns

A number of unannounced inspections have been undertaken by Hungary's Competition Office (GVH) after allegations of cartel activity in the contact lens market.

The organisation investigated the offices of Johnson and Johnson, Kleffmann and Partner, CooperVision, Fotex-Ofotert and the CIBA Vision division of Novartis Hungaria, RealDeal.hu reported.

According to the website, GVH had obtained information which suggested that some companies which distribute contact lenses and solution were exchanging information disguised as market research.

GVH now has six months in which to make a decision, but noted that the investigations do not imply that anti-trust laws have been broken.

Meanwhile, Saipan's Department of Public Health recently warned that there has been an increase in the number of mislabelled products being imported from unknown distributors, the Saipan Tribune reported.

John Tagabuel, deputy secretary for public health administration, said that the Bureau of Environmental Health will be taking "aggressive steps" to curb the illegal activity.

by Alexa Kaczka


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