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15 Sep 21
European Court of Justice focuses on the requirements for the cross-border online sale of non-prescription medicines
On July 8, 2021, the European Court of Justice ruled on the interpretation of Directive 2001/83/EC in case C-178/20.
15 Apr 21
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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July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
April 5, 2022
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
March 24, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on appropriate surveillance of devices covered by certificates according to the MD Directives, under the transitional prov...
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