Government body to reassess Durex undertakings on condom distribution

By Liz White, ERJ staff
London-The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is reviewing undertakings given in 1994 by LRC Products Ltd to prevent restrictions on competition in the supply of condoms in the UK.

In 1994, LRC-now a subsidiary of SSL International plc-which makes the Durex brand, agreed that it would no longer enter into exclusive distribution agreements with wholesalers or retailers.

This agreement followed a review of such practices by the UK’s Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Agreements offering retailers financial incentives in exchange for not stocking…

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