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15 Apr
“Pharmacy of Services”: Simplification Decree expands the range of healthcare and telemedicine services pharmacies can provide
The new draft of the Simplification Decree significantly expands the range of services that can be provided by pharmacies as part of the National Health Service.
4 Apr
Online sale of medicines without a prescription: The Court of Justice of the European Union approves intermediary sites
The Court of Justice of the European Union intervened on a major issue for the online medicine sales industry, paving the way for the entry of intermediary platforms.
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.
14 Jun 23
Delivering drugs to the public outside a pharmacy via a third party: Considerations on a recent ruling by the Criminal Court of Cassation
It’s official: Under certain conditions it is not an offense for drugs—including prescription drugs—to be received by and distributed to the public, potentially even outside the pharmacy channel.
19 Apr 22
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.
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
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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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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