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The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, will host a roundtable in Washington, D.C., on September 19, 2013, to discuss how to empower and protect consumers from scammers with the advent of healthcare marketplaces opening this fall under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County andPhoebe Putney Health System, Inc. have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the acquisition ofPalmyra Park Hospital harmed hospital competition in six Georgia counties.  The proposed consent includes provisions to aid...
Two marketers of unproven cedar oil-based remedies for bed bugs and head lice have agreed to enter into settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that prohibit the allegedly deceptive claims, and require pre-approval from the Food and Drug Administration for any future treatment claims about...
The Federal Trade Commission told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee today that it will continue to challenge anticompetitive pay-for-delay court settlements in the pharmaceutical industry, and that the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in FTC v. Actavis “is an important victory for consumers and a...
The Federal Trade Commission has mailed 10,144 checks to consumers who bought Disney- or Marvel Hero-themed vitamins for their kids that featured characters such as the Disney Princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and Spider-Man.
Federal Trade Commission staff, in response to a request from Connecticut state legislators Eric D. Coleman, John A. Kissel, Gerald Fox III and John W. Hetherington, stated that the state’s health care consumers are likely to be harmed by a state legislative proposal that would exempt health care...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez issued the following statement regarding today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis, Inc., which held that pay-for-delay agreements between brand and generic drug companies are subject to antitrust scrutiny.
The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County, Georgia, and Phoebe Putney defendants have agreed to halt the integration of the former Palmyra Park Hospital -- now known as Phoebe North -- with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, while an administrative law judge considers a Federal Trade...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Bosley, Inc., illegally exchanged competitively sensitive, nonpublic information about its business practices with one of its competitors, HC (USA), Inc., commonly known as Hair Club....
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from Connecticut General Assembly Members Catherine Osten and Peter Tercyak, regarding a proposed state law that would let Connecticut physicians jointly negotiate reimbursement rates with health plans.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a Federal Trade Commission ruling that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners illegally thwarted lower-priced competition by engaging in anticompetitive conduct to prevent non-dentists from providing teeth whitening services to...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Cbr Systems, Inc. failed to protect the security of customers’ personal information and that its inadequate security practices led to a breach that exposed the Social Security numbers...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the agency’s 2012-2013 Annual Highlights today at the Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law in Washington, D.C., recognizing the FTC’s continued efforts to protect consumers and promote competition.
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have issued a joint summary of the activities of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Working Group between October 2011 and March 31, 2013.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 50,395 refund checks totaling more than $1.1 million to consumers who were victimized by a telemarketing operation that allegedly tricked them into buying worthless medical discount plans.
Federal Trade Commission staff, in response to a request from Connecticut State Representative Theresa W. Conroy, provided comments on the likely competitive impact of Connecticut House Bill 6391, stating that eliminating the requirement that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have...
The Federal Trade Commission, together with the Idaho Attorney General, will file a complaint in federal district court seeking to block St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd.’s acquisition of Idaho's largest independent, multi-specialty physician practice group, Saltzer Medical Group P.A. According to...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court has temporarily shut down a Brooklyn, New York-based operation that the allegedly used deception, threats, and intimidation to induce elderly consumers to pay for medical alert systems they neither ordered nor wanted.
Eight independent nephrologists in Puerto Rico have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally collectively bargained with insurers and refused to treat health plan patients when their price demands were rebuffed.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition has advised the Norman Physician Hospital Organization (Norman PHO) that staff has no present intention to recommend that the FTC challenge its proposed formation or operation of a clinically integrated health care network.  Based on Norman PHO’...

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