Big Pharma companies urge Irish government to oppose new EU law to increase competition

Global bosses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and more told Leo Varadkar that the rules ‘will seriously put at risk Europe’s standing in the global race to attract investments to develop new treatments for patients, jobs and growth’

The European Commission’s proposed rules remove two years of data protection from new medicines, allowing unbranded rivals to enter the market more quickly. Picture: Getty