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5 Apr 23
In the United States, Amazon launched RxPass, a subscription for online purchase of prescription drugs: Could it work in Italy?
A few weeks ago, the company introduced a new subscription service that allows subscribers to purchase more than fifty different prescription medicines for a low fixed months fee. Why this would be prohibited in Italy.
4 Apr 23
Decentralized clinical trials: Recommendation paper for the implementation of uniform procedures in the European Union published
On December 13, the long-waited European Recommendation paper on decentralised elements in clinical trials was finally published, to provide Member States further and more detailed guidance on the implementation of procedures for conducting trials outside of clinical trial centers.
2 Feb 23
Transparency and responsibility regarding medical-scientific information on the web
On September 28, two international pharmaceutical industry associations, the IFPMA and the EFPIA, published a Joint Note for Guidance on social media and digital channels to guide the work of pharmaceutical companies that use the web to provide doctors and patients with information about their products and the illnesses they are intended to treat.
2 Feb 23
Register of Observational Studies: AIFA announces activation as of January 31, 2023
In a recent press release published on its website, the AIFA announced that as of January 31 the Register of Observational Studies (“RSO”) will be active and accessible through the AIFA online services portal — as is already the case for interventional pharmacological studies and the related OsSC portal.
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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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