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5 Oct 22
Observational studies: From the November 30, 2021 Decree to the new document of the National Coordination Center for Ethics Committees
Pharmacological observational studies concern drugs prescribed according to an authorized therapeutic indication and based on normal clinical practice.
Clinical trials Regulation: AIFA endorsed a proposal for the temporary administration of trials pursuant to the CTR, pending the publication and full implementation of the ministerial decrees on the reorganization of ethics committees and single tariff
15 Nov 21
The Consolidated Act on Rare Diseases is finally approved
After three years, Italy has finally adopted its first law on rare diseases. On November 3, 2021, the Italian Senate unanimously approved the Consolidated Act on Rare Diseases, or “Testo Unico sulle malattie rare”.
8 Sep 21
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Clinical Trials: Regulatory attempts by European and national authorities
In the last few years, use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems in the performance of Clinical Trials has increased.
11 Jun 21
Italian Competition Authority investigates orphan drug manufacturer (Leadiant) for excessive pricing
In October 2019, the Italian Competition Authority launched an investigation into abuse of dominance pursuant to Article 102 TFEU against the Leadiant group in connection with the marketing in Italy of the “orphan” drug Chenodeoxycholic Acid Leadiant, used to treat an ultra-rare disease.
1 Jun 21
Online sales of counterfeit medicines: AIFA recommendations and actions to combat the issue
On April 9, 2021, the Italian Medicines Agency, or Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (the “AIFA” or the “Agency”) published a Nota informativa notice containing details regarding risks stemming from online purchases of medicines.
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March 20, 2023
Today, Regulation (EU) 2023/607 extending the transitional provisions for the placing on the market and putting into service of certain medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical device...
January 31, 2023
Clinical trials: Ministry of Health signed off on decrees that (i) reorganize ethics committees and coordinate their activities, (ii) determine the single tariff for the authorization proced...
December 19, 2022
On 13 December 2022, EMA, European Commission and HMA jointly adopted a recommendation paper on the introduction of decentralised elements in the conduct of Clinical Trials in the EU/EEA
September 21, 2022
Payback for medical devices: Decree quantifying the exceeding of the expenditure ceiling for medical devices at national and regional level for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 published ...
September 1, 2022
The 2021 annual law for market and competition addressing, as to the healthcare sector, reimbursement of drugs, intermediate distribution, patent linkage and institutional accreditation of p...
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