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Dialogue is encouraged, but it must remain civil and respectful. We do not tolerate disrespect, discourtesy, vulgarity, or threats of violence on our online forums.
This means that CPhA reserves the right to remove all posts and comments that:
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Please note: If a user violates our Code of Conduct, CPhA reserves the right to ban them from further participation on any of our online forums.
CALIFORNIA PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION ANTITRUST STATEMENT (Board Policy #49)
California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) believes strongly in competition. Federal and state antitrust laws are the rules under which our competitive system operates. Their purpose is to preserve and promote free competition. Therefore, it is CPhA’s policy to comply with federal antitrust laws in all respects, including the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act as well as California antitrust laws, including the Cartwright Act and the Unfair Practices Act.
By their very nature, Association meetings and workshops bring together competitors. Discussion of certain sensitive topics among competitors can result in violation of antitrust laws. Accordingly, it is necessary to avoid discussing sensitive topics such as: fixing prices; allocating or sharing markets or territories; engaging in product boycotts; refusing to contract with third parties payers; limiting production; establishing price floors or tie-ins; underselling; not using a competitor’s products; deception; or anything else that may restrain or prevent competition in contravention of the law. Some of these violations, such as price fixing and boycotts, are so egregious that violators face automatic liability.
An antitrust violation does not require proof of a formal agreement. Discussion of a sensitive topic, such as price, followed by parallel action by those involved or present at the discussion, may be enough to show a price fixing conspiracy. As a result, those attending an Association sponsored meeting should remember the importance of avoiding not only unlawful activity, but even the appearance of unlawful activity.
As a practical matter, violations of these laws can have serious consequences for a company and its employees. Litigation of antitrust actions can be lengthy, complex and disruptive. Certain violations are felonies punishable by penalties of up to $10 million for corporations and by imprisonment and/or penalties for each individual involved.
It is imperative that CPhA directors, officers, staff and members work conscientiously to avoid any discussions that may have intended or unintended antitrust implications. If at any point during a CPhA meeting, workshop, or other activity, you believe the discussion has drifted into inappropriate areas, you should immediately bring your concern to the attention of the person chairing the meeting. If after you have brought the matter to the attention of the chair, the discussion continues in areas that you regard as inappropriate, you should withdraw from the meeting.