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19 Jun 23
Non-promotional communication: Boost for digital from the Farmindustria Code?
The recent amendments to the Farmindustria Code on non-promotional drug interactions may boost pharmaceutical companies’ communication via digital and other channels.
14 Jun 23
Drug advertising: New directions from Europe
Europe is not making any revolutionary changes when it comes to the advertising of medicines.
14 Jun 23
Delivering drugs to the public outside a pharmacy via a third party: Considerations on a recent ruling by the Criminal Court of Cassation
It’s official: Under certain conditions it is not an offense for drugs—including prescription drugs—to be received by and distributed to the public, potentially even outside the pharmacy channel.
13 Jun 23
The metaverse in healthcare: What are the legal implications?
For some time now, there has been talk of the metaverse as a tool with great potential for increasing opportunities for treatment, research, and training in healthcare.
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October 6, 2023
CBD products: the Administrative Court suspended until October 24 the recent Decree of the Italian Ministry of Health listing cannabidiol for oral use among narcotic drugs, due to the lack o...
October 4, 2023
The Guidelines for regulating contractual relations between universities and research institutes and private sponsors were adopted by the relevant Italian Ministries following the amendment ...
September 21, 2023
CBS products: from September 20th, compositions for oral administration of cannabidiol obtained from Cannabis sativa extracts shall be considered as narcotic drugs in Italy, as they have bee...
July 27, 2023
Payback on medical devices: Italian government announces extension of payment deadline to October 30, 2023
July 21, 2023
On July 21, 2023, the Italian Ministry of Health published new guidelines on health advertising of self-medication drugs (OTC) and non-prescription drugs (SOP), including advertising on new ...
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