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24 Oct 19
Ban on the marketing of Cannabis sativa L and its derivatives for recreational use: the ruling of the Unified Divisions of the Supreme Court of Cassation
With Judgment no. 30475 of July 10th, 2019, the Unified Divisions of the Supreme Court of Cassation stated that the marketing of Cannabis sativa L and its derivates (leaves, inflorescences, oil and resin) to the public for recreational use is unlawful unless those derivatives are, in practice, devoid of any doping or psychotropic effect.
22 Oct 19
Artificial Intelligence in healthcare between opportunities and new challenges
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming an increasingly important protagonist in the healthcare sector, undoubtedly gaining its place among tomorrow’s main challenges.
17 Oct 19
The ranitidine case: a test for the new class action?
On September 20, 2019, the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) ordered the withdrawal of several batches of medicine containing Ranitidine, which is produced by the pharmaceutical laboratory SARACA LABORATORIES LTD in India.
15 Oct 19
Interruption in the marketing of medicines: AIFA provides clarifications to MAHs on their communication duty
On October 9, 2019, the Italian Medicines Agency (“AIFA”) issued an information notice to provide useful information to medicine marketing authorisation holders (“MAH(s)”) on the obligation to notify AIFA of any temporary or permanent interruption in the marketing of medicines (“AIFA Note”).
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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...
April 5, 2022
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
March 24, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on appropriate surveillance of devices covered by certificates according to the MD Directives, under the transitional prov...
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