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6 Jul
Telemedicine: When is software a medical device? The Court responds
On February 23, 2012, the Regional Administrative Court of Lombardy—seat of Milan—issued a ruling on the qualification as a medical device of a software platform used to provide healthcare services remotely.
19 Apr
Deblistering: A new frontier for the “pharmacy of services”
The note on “the preparation of personalized packaging to improve therapeutic adherence of patients” released on February 3 by the Regione Lombardia sets a milestone in Italy for deblistering, which could soon become a standard service provided by Italian pharmacies as it already is provided by pharmacies in many other countries around the world.
19 Apr
The new decree on non-profit studies: Data and results may now be sold
On February 16, 2022, more than two years later than planned, the Ministerial Decree of November 30, 2021, containing measures to facilitate and support the development of nonprofit clinical trials of medicinal products and observational studies, as well as to regulate the transfer of data and results of nonprofit trials for registration purposes, was finally published in the Official Gazette.
19 Apr
Import and Distribution of Medical Devices in Switzerland – Amended Rules
The import and distribution of medical devices in Switzerland is governed by the Swiss Therapeutic Products Act and the Swiss Medical Devices Ordinance (MedDO). As of 26 May 2021, MedDO has been revised, foreseeing stricter and additional obligations for the operators active on the Swiss market.
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September 21, 2022
Payback for medical devices: Decree quantifying the exceeding of the expenditure ceiling for medical devices at national and regional level for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 published ...
September 1, 2022
The 2021 annual law for market and competition addressing, as to the healthcare sector, reimbursement of drugs, intermediate distribution, patent linkage and institutional accreditation of p...
July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
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