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15 Apr
Pay-for-delay: The Court of Justice clarifies the scope of “by object” restrictions and “potential competition” in patent settlement cases
On March 25, 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on appeal in the Lundbeck case, confirming the previous judgement of the General Court that upheld the decision of the European Commission on pharmaceutical “pay-for-delay” agreements.
1 Dec 20
Botanical health claims: Clarification from the Court of Justice of the European Union
On September 10, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled on health claims referencing the effects of plant or herbal substances, commonly known as botanical substances (“Botanicals”), in case C-363/19.
1 Dec 20
Court of Justice of the European Union on cannabidiol: CBD is not a narcotic drug and marketing prohibitions must be appropriate to and strictly necessary for protecting public health
On November 19, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled on cannabidiol (“CBD”) in case C-663/18.
13 Oct 20
Ecommerce of medicines: the European Court of Justice states the applicability of certain restrictions imposed by a Member State destination of ecommerce upon a provider established in another Member State
On October 1, 2020, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued a very interesting judgment in a case between a company incorporated under Netherlands law that operates both a dispensing pharmacy established in the Netherlands and a website specifically targeting French customers and associations representing the professional interests of pharmacists in France.
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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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.
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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...
January 19, 2021
Dematerialization of prescriptions: Ministerial Decree allowing e-prescriptions for drugs not reimbursed by the NHS has been published in the Italian Official Journal.
December 21, 2020
Telemedicine: Italian State-Regions Conference issues "National indications for the provision of telemedicine services" to implement telemedicine services in Italy
October 8, 2020
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