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The “Pharmacy of Services” becomes more and more real
In recent months, under the pressure of the Covid-19 emergency, pharmacies have become more and more involved in the delivery of healthcare services to patients, in support of formal healthcare facilities and operating under the umbrella of the NHS.
Parallel import of medicines: New simplified AIFA procedure for negotiating price and reimbursement
1 Mar
E-prescriptions now available also for drugs not reimbursed by the NHS
On December 30, 2020, the Ministry of Economy and Finance adopted a decree (“Ministerial Decree”) that provided the possibility for doctors to issue e-prescriptions for drugs not reimbursed by the National Health Service (“NHS”).
26 Feb
Foreign investment control regulations: extension of COVID-19–related rules and new list and definition of strategic assets with a brief focus on the health industry
At the end of 2020, important regulatory measures regarding Italian foreign investment control regulations (known as the Golden Powers) were enacted: (i) a revised list and definition of critical and strategic assets in sectors relevant for the purposes of these regulations entered into force with effect from January 14, 2021, and (ii) the COVID-19 emergency rules providing for a temporary broadening of the scope of notification duties (which, among other things, also involve intra-EU transactions) have been extended through June 30, 2021.
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Our highly-ranked team of professionals will provide newsinsights and multidisciplinary commentary on the hottest and most recent regulatory, transactional and contentious aspects of the pharmaceutical, bio-tech, med-tech, food supplement and healthcare world with an eye on its digital transformation and technological developments.

This blog will be a place for focusing on digital health and advertising, telemedicine and artificial intelligence applied to the diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as more traditional topics concerning any stage of the business life cycle of an operator of the sector, from the protection of intellectual properties to performance of clinical trials, from the market access to the marketing and promotion of life sciences products, from internal and criminal investigations to M&A and venture capital transactions.

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January 19, 2021
Dematerialization of prescriptions: Ministerial Decree allowing e-prescriptions for drugs not reimbursed by the NHS has been published in the Italian Official Journal.
December 21, 2020
Telemedicine: Italian State-Regions Conference issues "National indications for the provision of telemedicine services" to implement telemedicine services in Italy
October 8, 2020
Ecommerce of medicinal products: according to the European Court of Justice, certain legislative restrictions imposed by the Member State where medicines are offered to public also apply to ...
July 9, 2020
Italian Medicines Agency and medicines shortage: published Q&A for MAHs on notification of shortage and any temporary or permanent interruption in the marketing of medicines
April 27, 2020
Medical Devices Regulation: Regulation 2020/561 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union postponing the date of application of MDR by one year to 26 May 2021
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