Hydrocortisone tablets: suspected excessive and unfair pricing

The CMA is investigating alleged excessive and unfair prices with respect to hydrocortisone tablets under Chapter II CA98 and Article 102 TFEU.

Case timetable

Date Action
March to April 2017 (estimate) Receipt of written and oral representations on the statement of objections
December 2016 Statement of objections issued
September to December 2016 Further information gathering and analysis of information requests
September 2016 Decision to continue with the investigation
August 2016 to September 2016 Investigation and analysis including further information requests and stakeholder meetings
March to July 2016 Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses. CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests. Potential state of play meetings with parties under investigation
March 2016 Investigation opened

Statement of objections

16 December 2016: The CMA issued a statement of objections alleging that Actavis UK has breached UK and EU competition law by charging excessive and unfair prices in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone in the UK.


  • The investigation is under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
  • No conclusion should be drawn that there has been an infringement of competition law at this stage and the recipients of the statement of objections will now have an opportunity to respond to the allegations.
  • The CMA will consider any representations it receives before any decision is taken as to whether competition law has in fact been infringed.
  • Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in Competition Act 1998 cases is available here: CMA’s procedures in Competition Act 1998 cases.
  • Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing changes.


Assistant Project Director

Emma Ngoga (0203 738 6752, emma.ngoga@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Project Director and Senior Responsible Officer

Andrew Groves (0203 738 6927, andrew.groves@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

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