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COFECE investigates possible relative medical oxygen monopolistic practices in Mexican territory

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 27, 2020
COFECE investigates possible relative monopolistic practices in the market for production, distribution and commercialization of medical oxygen in the Mexican territory.
Mexican hospital
Relative   Mexican hospital
Medical oxygen is used as a medicine for tending respiratory ailments, for the treatment or prevention of oxygen deficiency in blood, in home care services for invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation, in surgical interventions, besides being used in medical tests to diagnose sleep disorders.

Topics: Mexican

Relative monopolistic practices are actions, contracts, agreements or procedures carried out by one orseveral economic agents with substantial market power and who have or may have as purpose or effect unduly displacing other market agents, substantially impeding their access or establishing exclusive advantages in favor of one or more economic agents.

Examples of these practices are tied purchases or sales, exclusivities, discriminatory prices or treatment, increasing costs for other economic agents, refusal to deal, among others.

This investigation, identified under file number IO-001-2020, must not be understood as a prejudgment on the responsibility of any economic agent, as to this date, violations to the economic competition regulation have not been identified definitively, nor the subject or subjects who, if this is the case, would be considered as probable responsible at the end of the investigation.

The timeframe for this investigation is of up to 120 working days, starting on July 13, 2020, date when the investigation began, and can be extended for the same lapse up to four occasions.

If by the end of the investigation, no elements to presume the execution of said anticompetitive practices are found, COFECE’s Board of Commissioners could resolve its closure. In the case that elements to presume a violation to the Law are found, those responsible will be called to a trial-like procedure to present their defense.