The new version of the Code of Ethics of the Italian association of pharmaceutical companies: Key developments
The Italian association of pharmaceutical companies (“Farmindustria”) released the new version of its Code of Ethics on January 19, 2022.
Some of the main changes concern i) hybrid events (art. 3.7 bis); ii) activities that pharmaceutical companies are allowed to carry out for non-prescribing HCPs (art. 3.25); iii) information provided to the public (art. 3.26); iv) interactions other than drug promotion (art. 3.28); and v) Patient Support Programs (article 4.7).
EU pharmaceutical strategy: today the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the EU general pharmaceuticals legislation (open until December 21, 2021)
Online sales of counterfeit medicines: AIFA recommendations and actions to combat the issue
On April 9, 2021, the Italian Medicines Agency, or Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (the “AIFA” or the “Agency”) published a Nota informativa notice containing details regarding risks stemming from online purchases of 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”).
Dematerialization of prescriptions: Ministerial Decree allowing e-prescriptions for drugs not reimbursed by the NHS has been published in the Italian Official Journal.
EMA launches public consultation on the draft Guideline concerning registry-based studies
Last September, the EMA published its draft Guideline on registry-based studies (“Guideline”). This draft Guideline is currently open for public consultation: stakeholders may post comments until December 31, 2020.