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The FTC has been a consistent proponent of competition in health care markets, utilizing our full range of study, advocacy, and enforcement tools. We are equally proud of our track record in promoting innovation and responding to new technological developments throughout our 100-year history.
If anything qualifies as a not-to-be-missed event in the antitrust world, it is happening next Mon., June 23. That’s the day that the FTC and the Department of Justice will hold a joint public workshop on conditional pricing practices.
Consumers once shopped predominantly at their local stores; but first mail order catalogs and today the Internet have created new ways to shop for and purchase a wide range of goods and services. Similarly, consumers once arranged for taxis by hailing one from a street corner or by calling a...
One of the most vibrant areas of recent economic development has been the “share economy.” Facilitated by popular smartphones and animated not only by economics, but also by many people’s interest in expanding social networks, peer-to-peer (P2P) software applications now facilitate services from...
On any given Sunday in Illinois, consumers can do their weekly shopping at various “brick and mortar” stores or turn to online vendors virtually 24-7. They can even purchase alcohol on Sunday after 11:00 a.m. But for decades they have been barred by law from purchasing a new or used automobile...
Tomorrow and Friday, March 20-21, the FTC will host a two-day public workshop to examine evolving activities and trends that may be affecting competition in the health care industry.
The FTC employs many experts in competition, consumer protection, and economics. We embrace our special role in helping other policymakers understand how the competitive process benefits consumers, and encouraging them to adopt rules that promote competition.
When was your last health exam? Just as we (are supposed to) get regular check-ups from our health care providers, the FTC thinks it is smart to do a periodic check-up on the health care industry itself. Health care is a critical sector of the U.S. economy, affecting the lives of all American...
A few minutes ago, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez delivered opening remarks to kick off today’s FTC workshop exploring emerging issues affecting competition and patient access to biologic medicines. You can view a live webcast of the workshop on the FTC’s website, or follow live tweets all day at #...
Tomorrow, the FTC will host a workshop to explore emerging issues affecting competition and consumer access to biologic medicines.
This will come as no shock to anyone familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s policy and advocacy function: FTC staff has a long history of advocating for effective competition and consumer protection in electricity markets.
When faced with a major illness, patients usually want the best medicine available, regardless of cost. In some cases, next-generation “biologic” medicines may be the best treatments available. Unfortunately, these critical treatments can be very expensive. For example, Herceptin, used to treat...
Welcome to Competition Matters, the FTC’s newest blog for all things competition. We hope to become your go-to spot for the latest insights and events from the Bureau of Competition, the Bureau of Economics, and the Office of Policy Planning. We’ll also have occasional missives from our Office of...