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19 Jan
Recent legislative news in the life sciences sector under the Budget Law
The so-called “Budget Law” for 2024 wields significant impact on the life sciences sector, and allocates to the healthcare sector EUR 3 billion for 2024, EUR 4 billion for 2025, and EUR 4.2 billion for 2026.
17 Jan
Artificial intelligence and health care: News and issues in light of guidance from the Italian Data Protection Authority and the WHO
The use of AI in the healthcare field could facilitate improvement of treatment and prevention, and result in more effective allocation of resources in the field. However, there is trepidation about the consequences of possible errors and incorrect use.
3 Nov 23
The digital caregiver: Insights from the 4th AFI Patient Day
The term caregiver is commonly used to identify a person who provides day-to-day care for someone who is not self-sufficient. This may be a family member of the patient or a paid person.
23 Jun 23
Data protection enforcement in the healthcare: What can we learn from it?
In recent years, since the GDPR was fully implemented and inspections focused on enforcement of the new rules began, the Italian Data Protection Authority has focused on breaches of the rules applicable to processing health data in the context of the Electronic Health Record, the Health File, and online medical reports.
13 Jun 23
The metaverse in healthcare: What are the legal implications?
For some time now, there has been talk of the metaverse as a tool with great potential for increasing opportunities for treatment, research, and training in healthcare.
1 Sep 22
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 private healthcare facilities entered into force on 27 August
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 private healthcare facilities entered into force on 27 August
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.

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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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