American Bar Association
Health Care and Pharmaceuticals

Health Care and Pharmaceuticals

Mission Statement

The Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee covers antitrust issues affecting the entire health care sector, including hospitals, physicians, and health plans, as well as manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. In particular, we track and analyze court cases; enforcement actions taken by the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and foreign competition authorities; and legislative initiatives. We also monitor scholarly journals and other publications that relate to the industry.

Our Committee oversees the preparation of numerous health-related publications, organizes programs, and prepares position papers commenting on proposed legislation or agency policy initiatives. We also maintain this website and operate a Listserv that facilitates discussions among individuals interested in health care and pharmaceutical antitrust issues and that allows us to circulate news about recent events.

: The Antitrust Health Care Chronicle is our scholarly newsletter that is published monthly. Health Care Antitrust Recent Developments is a bi-monthly update on recent antitrust developments in the health care and pharmaceutical industries. Our Health Care Antitrust Week-In-Review is a weekly update of events. We also regularly contribute content to ABA antitrust publications including the Antitrust Section's seminal treatise Antitrust Law Developments, and prepare numerous book-length publications on topics related to health care and pharmaceuticals.

: We arrange for a variety of programs that vary in formality and focus. Our committee programs discuss recent court decisions and other current issues, typically drawing on individuals that have direct knowledge of the recent events. We sponsor more formal "teleseminars" that provide more in-depth treatment of health care issues and offer the participants CLE credit. In addition, the Committee presents programs at Antitrust Section meetings, and on a bi-annual basis co-sponsors a two-day conference dedicated entirely to health care antitrust issues. If you would like to learn more about the Committee, or become active in our work, please contact the Chair or one of the Vice-Chairs. Addresses, phone numbers, and email links appear under the "Committee Leadership" section of this website.

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Committee Programs/Teleseminar Programs

The Committee regularly hosts Committee and Teleseminar Programs that involve individuals who can provide valuable insights into recent developments in health care antitrust. We are always looking for ideas for new committee programs. If you have an idea for a program, please contact Leigh Oliver.

Law School Programs

The Committee is working on developing health care antitrust programs that will be delivered at law schools in different parts of the country. We are currently looking for law schools that are interested in co-sponsoring these programs and determining what topics would be of interest to the law schools. If you are interested in working on this effort, please contact Seth Silber.

Committee Newsletter (The Antitrust Health Care Chronicle)

The Committee publishes this newsletter several times a year. We are always looking for quality articles and people to help edit articles that are to be published. If you would like to get involved, please contact Lauren Rackow.

Recent Developments in Health Care

The Committee publishes a bulletin that provides short overviews of health care news in a timely fashion. We are always looking for people to monitor health care developments and to provide short summaries for publication. If you would like to get involved, please contact Seth Silber.

Health Care Antitrust Week-In-Review

The Committee publishes a weekly electronic news alert that lists and provides a brief description of events that occurred during the previous week. We are always looking for people to monitor health care developments and to provide short summaries for publication. If you would like to get involved, please contact Leigh Oliver.

Handbooks and Other Book Length Publications

The Committee sponsors the writing of book-length publications. While a number of these are underway (and already have authors and editors), we are always looking for new quality publication projects to undertake. If you have an idea for a publication, please contact Amy Paul.


The Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee communicates with its members over "Connect," the Section of Antitrust Law's content platform. Connect can be accessed at ( Members who want to send a message to other members should send these messages to:


The Committee tries to maintain an up-to-date and helpful webpage. While a number of efforts are underway to improve the webpage, we are always looking for new ideas and effort, please contact Patrick English or Amy Paul.

Other Ideas?

If you have other ideas regarding projects that the Committee could undertake, please contact Seth Silber or Leigh Oliver.

Committee Links


View our past issues of the Health Care Chronicle, Recent Developments, and Health Care Antitrust Week-in-Review.



Committee Events

[Program Materials] Recent Developments in Health Care and Pharmaceuticals

April 20, 2017
Section Events

    Nuts & Bolts of Premerger Conduct: Where’s the Line in the Sand?


    This program brings together a panel of experienced antitrust practitioners to discuss the restrictions that apply to parties to a transaction before the close of that transaction, both in the U.S. and E.U. Expect both practical guidance and a lively discussion of recent trends and the impact of recent ...

    Class Action Reform: Necessary or Nocuous?


    The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 proposes controversial changes to Rule 23 could significantly reduce the number of class-action lawsuits. Hear from practitioners and thought leaders on both sides of the debate about the ramifications of this far-reaching legislation. FREE : Antitrust ...

    Balancing Business Objectives and Antitrust Compliance: Benchmarking Best Practices for Competition Counsel


    This is a pilot of a new series of in-person programs sponsored by the Corporate Counseling Committee, focusing on compliance issues common to companies across the spectrum. The program will be open to all, but will be of greatest interest to in-house counsel with direct compliance responsibilities. ...


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Annual Plan, Long Range Plan


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Oliver, Leigh
Silber, Seth

Council Representative:

Brennan, Jeffrey


English, Patrick
Gleason, Michael
Grise, Jacqueline
Lewis, Amanda
Paul, Amy
Rackow, Lauren
Swisher, Anthony

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