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Officials Invoking Provision Of Defense Production Act To Shield Companies From Antitrust Regulations In Effort To Bolster Medical Supplies

  • May 22, 2020

The AP (5/21, Fox) reports “U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic.” The federal “government began formal discussions Thursday with private industry representatives on a cooperative five-year agreement to ensure supplies of protective materials, medical equipment, medicine and vaccines.” The deal “would involve a provision of the Defense Production Act that has been used only twice before to enable competitive businesses and the government to discuss issues of price and supply without running afoul of antitrust regulations, said Joel Doolin, a senior official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”