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5 Oct
Observational studies: From the November 30, 2021 Decree to the new document of the National Coordination Center for Ethics Committees
Pharmacological observational studies concern drugs prescribed according to an authorized therapeutic indication and based on normal clinical practice.
6 Jul
Clinical trial contracts: What the new NCCEC models provide
On May 31 of this year, the National Center for the Coordination of Ethics Committees updated its model drug and medical device trial contracts. They are the benchmark for regulating the relationships between sponsors, CROs, and research centers involved in clinical trials.
6 Jul
News on the reorganization of Ethics Committees: Latest updates
In the past few months great strides have been made to establish the national ethics committees envisaged by Law No. 3 of 2018 (the “Lorenzin Law”), which were supposed to be identified by the Ministry of Health within sixty days of the Lorenzin Law taking effect.
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 (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) across the European Union.
19 Apr
Deblistering: A new frontier for the “pharmacy of services”
The note on “the preparation of personalized packaging to improve therapeutic adherence of patients” released on February 3 by the Regione Lombardia sets a milestone in Italy for deblistering, which could soon become a standard service provided by Italian pharmacies as it already is provided by pharmacies in many other countries around the world.
21 Mar
Published Decree of Health Ministry identifying the ethics committees of national significance for clinical trials of medicinal products and medical devices
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September 21, 2022
Payback for medical devices: Decree quantifying the exceeding of the expenditure ceiling for medical devices at national and regional level for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 published ...
September 1, 2022
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 p...
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...
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