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.
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”).
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.
COVID-19 emergency: clinical trials and early access to drugs
To address the current emergency caused by COVID-19, several initiatives have been undertaken at the regulatory level to promote and facilitate clinical trials and early access to drugs.
Stability Law 2020: news about homeopathic medicines
Stability Law 2020 (Law No. 160 of December 27, 2019) extended the period for homeopathic medicines available on the Italian market on June 6, 1995 to remain on the market, subject to the regulation provided by Article 20 of the Pharmaceutical Code (Legislative Decree No. 219 of April 24, 2006) and Article 1 (590) of Law No. 190 of December 23, 2014.
Class I medical device manufacturers may benefit from the transitional period under the MDR
On December 17, a corrigendum to Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 745/2017 was approved by the European Parliament that allows certain devices classified in Class I under Directive 93/42/EEC to benefit from the transitional period provided by the MDR.