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12 Oct 20
Telemedicine: Lombardia and Piemonte give the green light to televisits
Since this summer, two additional regions have agreed to allow and recognize televisits at the Regional Health System (“RHS”)’s expenses.
Ecommerce of medicinal products: according to the European Court of Justice, certain legislative restrictions imposed by the Member State where medicines are offered to public also apply to the online pharmacy established in another Member State
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10 Sep 20
Life Sciences M&A trends: earnout clauses, general outlook, and a few drafting tips
Earnout payments are a common and widely used tool for pricing targets operating in the life sciences, although there are various nuances depending on the specific sub-sector (biotech, pharma, med-tech, and so on).
20 Jul 20
Supplementary protection certificates and Court of Justice: clarifications on the conditions for obtaining a supplementary protection certificate
On July 9, 2020, the Court of Justice (the “Court”) ruled on supplementary protection certificates (“SPCs”) in case C-673/18.
Italian Medicines Agency and medicines shortage: published Q&A for MAHs on notification of shortage and any temporary or permanent interruption in the marketing of medicines
11 Jun 20
Masks, disinfectants, and serological tests: regulatory issues relating to products to be used in phases 2 and 3 of the emergency period
After the lockdown, for correct management of phases 2 and 3, products such as masks and disinfectants become even more essential in containing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
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Our highly-ranked team of professionals will provide news, insights and multidisciplinary commentary on the hottest and most recent regulatory, transactional and contentious aspects of the pharmaceutical, bio-tech, med-tech, food supplement and healthcare world with an eye on its digital transformation and technological developments.

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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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