News about advertising medical devices on Facebook: updates from the Ministry of Health
On October 24, 2019, the Ministry of Health published an addendum to the guidelines on the advertising of medical devices, in vitro diagnostic medical devices and medical-surgical devices (collectively “Medical Devices” or “MD”) on Facebook (the “Guidelines”).
New criteria for the negotiation of prices for medicines
On August 1, 2019, the Ministry of Health announced the approval of a Ministerial Decree, issued in agreement with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, which sets new criteria for the price negotiation procedure between the medicine marketing authorisation holder (MAH) and the Italian Agency of Medicines (AIFA) in order to establish the price for medicines that will be reimbursed by the National Health Service (NHS).
Selling of medicines through vending machines, clarifications from the Ministry
On 11 March 2019, the Ministry of Health issued a note in response to a request from Federfarma (i.e., the Italian federation representing private pharmacies that are affiliated with the Italian National Health Service) for an opinion on certain procedures relating to the sale and dispensing to the public of Sop medicines (i.e., drugs which can be bought without medical prescription), which include the use of vending machines.
Paper on new governance procedures for medical devices in Italy
On March 22, 2019, the Italian Ministry of Health published a document outlining the new governance procedures for medical devices that the Government intends to implement in Italy.
Published the new ministerial decree on compassionate use of medicinal products
On 7 September 2017, the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new decree on compassionate use of medicinal products (“Decree”) that, starting from 2 December 2017, will replace the previous ministerial decree of 8 May 2003.