CJEU and SPCs: a never-ending story
The work of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Regulation (EC) No. 469/2009 (Regulation), on supplementary protection certificates for medicinal products (SPCs), has been quite intense in the last few years, and it still is, given that in the pharmaceutical sector even one more day of exclusivity can be worth millions of euros, so fighting for it is certainly worth the investment of time and money.
Product information: EMA starts digitization
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gives the go-ahead for digitization in terms of product information.
EUCJ’s ruling on the classification of software as medical devices
According to a very recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (EUCJ), (C-329/16, Snitem v. Syndicat national de l’industrie des technologies médicales, published on 7 December 2017), software with at least one function that makes it possible to use patient-specific data for the purposes, inter alia, of detecting contraindications, drug interactions and excessive doses, is, in respect of that function, a medical device, even if that software does not act directly in or on the human body.
Published the new ministerial decree on compassionate use of medicinal products
On 7 September 2017, the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new decree on compassionate use of medicinal products (“Decree”) that, starting from 2 December 2017, will replace the previous ministerial decree of 8 May 2003.