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Senate Antitrust Panel Hearings On GPO Practices Could Convene In February

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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The Senate Judiciary/Antitrust, Business Rights and Competition Subcommittee will likely hold hearings on healthcare group purchasing practices in February 2002, according to the Medical Device Manufacturers Association

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GPO investigation goes public

The New York Times is understood to be working on a three-part series focusing on hospital group purchasing organization contracting practices. The Senate Judiciary/Antitrust Subcommittee is expected to hold hearings on the topic this spring. The investigation grew out of allegations by the Medical Device Manufacturers Association that GPO contracts foreclose the market for their products (1"The Gray Sheet" Dec. 17, 2001, p. 24). The Times reportedly has submitted questionnaires to manufacturers in the device and pharmaceutical industries on contracting practices as part of its research for the article...

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Senate Judiciary/Antitrust, Business Rights and Competition Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and Ranking member Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announce they will hold a hearing this year on GPOs and their effect on competition in the medical technology marketplace. The Medical Device Manufacturers Association volunteers to help the subcommittee investigate "the anti-competitive business practices" of some of the larger GPOs. The hearing will likely take place following the August recess, MDMA notes

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