Turkey's Competition Council said on Monday it had opened an investigation into 19 pharmaceutical companies to determine whether they had committed legislative violations.

On 9 November, the Council said it was decided to launch inspections of companies, including AstraZeneca, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Sanofi and Pfizer. The statement did not include details.

Following an inquiry on the matter, AstraZeneca said the company's policy requires it not to discuss ongoing investigations.

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GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Germany's Merck KGaA said they were cooperating fully with Turkey, but gave no further details.

In a statement, the German chemical company BASF said it was taking into account the checks and committed to high standards of legality and business ethics.

AbbVie, Abdi Ibrahim, Bausch & Lomb, Bayer, Ilko, Johnson & Johnson, Liba, Menarini, Michael Page International, Panasonic, Pfizer, SIFI and World Medicine have not commented.

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