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11 Jun
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
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.
12 Apr
The Italian Medicines Agency provides additional information on the new simplified classification procedure for generics and biosimilars
The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) provided further information on the new simplified pricing and reimbursement procedure introduced in October 2020 for generics and biosimilars.
9 Apr
Parallel import of medicines: New simplified AIFA procedure for negotiating price and reimbursement
On March 25, 2020, the Italian Agency of Medicines (AIFA) published a resolution on the simplified procedure for negotiating the price and reimbursement of parallel imported medicines.
17 Feb
New AIFA guidelines for compiling dossiers for medicine reimbursement and pricing requests effective March 1, 2021
On December 23, 2020, the Italian Agency of Medicines (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco – the “AIFA”) issued Guidelines for the compilation of the dossier to support the request for reimbursement and pricing of a medicine (“Guidelines”), pursuant to the Ministerial Decree of August 1, 2019 (“Decree”).
3 Dec 20
Generic and biosimilar medicines: Italian Medicines Agency adopted a new simplified pricing and reimbursement procedure
On October 15, 2020, the Italian Medicines Agency (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco – “AIFA”) published a new simplified pricing and reimbursement procedure for generics and biosimilars.
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June 25, 2021
Clinical trials: EMA launches public consultation on draft guideline for using computerized systems and electronic data
June 9, 2021
The Medical Device Coordination Group endorsed new FAQ on the European Medical Device Nomenclature (EMDN), that aims at supporting the functioning of the European database on medical devices...
May 25, 2021
The Italian Data Protection Authority published guidelines on the role of the Data Protection Officer in public entities: important news for hospitals and healthcare facilities
May 4, 2021
European Health Union: Commission publishes open public consultation on the European Health Data Space
April 22, 2021
Clinical Trial Regulation: Clinical trial EU Portal and Database, essential for the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS), is now fully functional and on track to go live by 31 January 20...
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