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23 Apr
Italian Data Protection Authority publishes rules for platforms (websites or apps) connecting patients and healthcare professionals
The evolution of online platforms and apps that connect patients with healthcare professionals has made medical care more accessible, but it has also raised important issues concerning privacy and the protection of personal data.
18 Apr
Chatbots and virtual assistants: How might they be used in pharmaceuticals?
The pharmaceutical sector is not immune to the paradigm shift in user/patient relations, connected to the development and implementation of artificial intelligence systems: when browsing the web and using smartphone applications, users increasingly encounter chatbots and virtual assistants that interact with them.
15 Apr
“Pharmacy of Services”: Simplification Decree expands the range of healthcare and telemedicine services pharmacies can provide
The new draft of the Simplification Decree significantly expands the range of services that can be provided by pharmacies as part of the National Health Service.
12 Apr
Digitization of tender procedures and new certified platforms: Operability and current issues
Under the new Public Procurement Code, the use of the eProcurement platforms by contracting authorities to manage individual tenders that interface with the NDPC managed by the ANAC is mandatory for procurement.
4 Apr
Online sale of medicines without a prescription: The Court of Justice of the European Union approves intermediary sites
The Court of Justice of the European Union intervened on a major issue for the online medicine sales industry, paving the way for the entry of intermediary platforms.
3 Apr
Article 22 EUMR is still up in the air: Advocate General’s opinion in the Illumina/Grail saga
Advocate General Nicholas Emiliou advised setting aside the General Court’s judgment and annulling the decision of the European Commission to accept the request from certain Member States to review the transaction under Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation.
Welcome to the Portolano Cavallo Life Sciences blog focusing on legal development and key legal issues affecting the life sciences and healthcare industry.
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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.

This blog will be a place for focusing on digital health, telemedicine and artificial intelligence, as well as more traditional topics: from the protection of intellectual properties to performance of clinical trials, from the market access to advertising and competition issues, from internal and criminal investigations to M&A and venture capital transactions.

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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