GET STARTED Merck is probed by Spain’s antitrust regulator for allegedly delaying competition for a contraceptive About the Author Reprints @Pharmalot Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Nov. 25, 2019 Reprints Log In | Learn More Tags legalSTAT+women’s health Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] The antitrust regulator in Spain has accused Merck (MRK) of working with other companies to hinder the entry of generic versions of a hormonal contraceptive, the latest effort by a European government to crack down on anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry.In a statement issued last Thursday, the National Commission on Markets and Competition announced that it is pursuing sanctions against Merck Sharp & Dohme, its European affiliate, and MSD Human Health Holding, the European parent, for possibly delaying competitors from entering the market for a vaginal ring in Spain. What’s included?