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. Publications: 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.

Programs: 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 Philip Nelson.

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 Philip Nelson.

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 and Amanda Lewis.

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 Kari Wallace.

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 Robin van der Meulen.

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 or Philip Nelson.


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 Philip Nelson or Jeff Brennan.

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



Committee Events

[Program Materials] Recent Antitrust Developments in the Health Care & Pharmaceuticals Markets: November 2015 Update

November 24, 2015
Section Events

    Expedia/Orbitz Approval: What it says about travel industry competition


    This panel will consist of DOJ staff member and attorneys that represented the parties and third-parties in the Expedia-Orbitz merger before DOJ. We'll discuss the closing statement, competition in two-sided industries, and whether there could ever be a substantial reduction of competition in an online ...

    Cartel Facilitators: When Vertical Conduct Crosses over to Horizontal Liability


    US and EU courts have recently affirmed the principle that cartel facilitators can be liable alongside cartel members. Decisions in AC-Treuhand and U.S. v. Apple Inc. are part of an enforcement trend capturing vertical behavior as cartel conduct. As we see increasing numbers of alleged cartel facilitator ...

    The Steris-Synergy Case: A Post Mortem


    On September 24, 2015, a federal judge denied the preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission to block the $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health by Steris Corporation. The FTC has since decided not to appeal the decision. Join this panel for a lively discussion of the case and ...


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Brennan, Jeffrey
Nelson, Philip

Council Representative:

Silber, Seth


English, Patrick
Gleason, Michael
Paul, Amy
Rackow, Lauren
Swisher, Anthony
Widnell, Nicholas

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