The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has reported a continued rise in fitness to practise complaints including increase in anti-competitive behaviour.
The GPhC’s most recent fitness to practise update was discussed at its most recent council meeting.
The fitness to practise data showed that the GPhC reported a 29% increase in the number of fitness to practise concerns it received in April. The pharmaceutical regulator received 318 concerns in April 2020, a 29% increase on the same month last year, when it received 246 complaints.
Interestingly, the nature of many of the complaints received were Covid-19 related including concerns related to hand gel and facemasks.
Other complaints included concerns related to pricing of medicines and possible anti-competitive practices.
The concerns relating to PPE, hand gels and other COVID-19 related products and services were referred to Competitions and Markets Authority “because of their role in relation to profiteering and anti-competitive behaviour.”
The council papers said: “Over 3000 concerns had been received in April 2020, which represented a 40% increase. Many related to pricing of medicines, hand gel and facemasks and some pointed to possible anti-competitive practice. A consistent approach to pandemic-related concerns was being developed, including by dialogue with the Competition and Markets Authority.”
Some of the 3000 anti-competitive behaviour complaints appear to be attributable to individuals which raised fitness to practise concerns. However, the GPhC is clearly concerned also with the broader issues of profiteering and anti-competitive behaviour in the pharmaceutical sector.
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