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EMA Publishes Proactive Disclosure Guidance

On 2 March 2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published guidance on aspects of the Agency’s proactive disclosure policy for clinical reports (Policy 0070).  The latest Proactive Disclosure Guidance can be found here and focuses on: Procedural aspects of submitting clinical reports. The anonymisation of clinical reports. The identification and redaction of commercially confidential information … Continue Reading

Comprehensive Amendments of German Drug Laws upcoming

Recently, the German Federal Ministry of Health published a new draft law (“Viertes AMG-Änderungsgesetz”) which aims to amend several provisions of the German Drug Act (Arzneimittelgesetz) and other drug-related laws. Most of the intended amendments result from an adjustment of German laws to the new European Clinical Trials Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 536/2014). For instance, … Continue Reading

General Court Makes Interim Order to Protect Confidentiality in Pari Pharma Transparency Case

Raj Gathani, a Trainee Solicitor in Covington’s London office, contributed to this post. On 1 September 2015 the General Court issued an interim order in favour of Pari Pharma GmbH (“Pari”) to suspend the European Medicines Agency’s (“EMA”) decision to grant a third-party, Novartis Europharm Ltd (“Novartis”), access to certain documents prepared during the Marketing Authorisation … Continue Reading

Italian Medicines Agency Publishes Public Assessment Reports of Medicines Authorised Through the National Procedure

The Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) has announced that, as of 22 July 2015, it makes available on its website the Public Assessment Reports (PARs) of medicinal products authorised in Italy through the national procedure. For the medicines authorised from 2015 onwards, AIFA will publish the full PARs together with a summary understandable to a lay … Continue Reading

Mandatory registration and logo for UK online sales of medicines

By Colin Warriner Since 1 July 2015, anyone in the UK selling medicines online to the general public must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and be on the MHRA’s list of UK registered online retail sellers.  In addition, those retailers now need to display, on every relevant page of … Continue Reading

MHRA grants second scientific opinion as part of the Early Access to Medicines Scheme

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a second positive scientific opinion as part of the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS).  EAMS is a UK specific scheme that supports earlier access of unlicensed medicines in patients with seriously debilitating or life threatening conditions where there is an unmet medical need. … Continue Reading

General Court Confirms Market Exclusivity Rights in CTRS Case

On 11 June 2015, the General Court handed down its judgment in Case T-452/14 Laboratoires CTRS v European Commission (the “CTRS Case”) annulling the Commission’s decision to grant Kolbam a marketing authorisation.  The General Court held that references in Kolbam’s SmPC to the efficacy of Kolbam for indications that Orphacol was authorised circumvented Orphacol’s market … Continue Reading

New Draft EMA-Guideline On Clinical Development Of Fixed Combination Medicines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recently published for public consultation its draft guideline on clinical development of fixed combination medicinal products (Draft Guideline), which is intended to replace CHMP/EWP/240/95 Rev. 1 (Existing Guideline).  The Draft Guideline applies to fixed combination medicinal products containing two or more active substances within a single pharmaceutical form.  The … Continue Reading

EMA Transparency Policy – EMA Launches Public Consultation On The Publication Of Information Under The New EU Clinical Trials Regulation

On 21 January 2015, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) launched a public consultation on how the transparency rules of Regulation EU No 536/2014 (the “Clinical Trials Regulation”) should apply to the new clinical trials database.  The consultation document of the EMA discusses the practical application of the new transparency rules, sets different options on the … Continue Reading

New French Rules On Off-Label Use

France has enacted new rules on the off-label use of medicines.  A new Decree amending the rules on Temporary Recommendations for Use (“RTU”) established pursuant to Article L5121-12-1 of the French Public Health Code (“PHC”) was published on 31 December 2014 (the “Decree”).  This Decree follows the adoption of the amended social security budget bill … Continue Reading

The German Supreme Administrative Court Confirms That E-Cigarettes Are Not Medicines Or Medical Devices

On 20 November 2014 the German Supreme Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, “BVerwG”) confirmed that nicotine-containing liquids that are vaporised and inhaled via e-cigarettes are not medicines and therefore e-cigarettes are not medical devices.… Continue Reading

EU Court Of Justice Further Clarifies Definition Of Medicinal Products – And Raises New Questions

On 10 July 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its judgment in a case involving “legal highs” that a substance which only influences physiological functions without any beneficial effects on human health, shall not be considered as a medicinal product within the meaning of Article 1(2)(b) of Directive 2001/83/EC (decision … Continue Reading

European Commission Fines Servier and Five Generic Companies For Preventing Entry Of Generic Versions Of Blood Pressure Control Drug

On 9 July 2014, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition imposed fines totalling € 427.7 million on innovative pharmaceutical company Servier and generic companies Niche/Unichem, Matrix (now Mylan), Teva, Krka and Lupin.  The Commission’s decision was the result of proceedings opened in 2009 and follows a Statement of Objections sent to the parties involved … Continue Reading

EMA clarifies interpretation of new variation categories in an amended Q&A document

On 6 February 2014, the EMA released an amended Q&A document on the implementation of the new Variations Guidelines of 2013, which provides details on the different variation categories and the operation of procedures laid down in Commission Regulation 1234/2008 concerning the examination of variations to the terms of marketing authorizations for human and veterinary … Continue Reading

EMA launches adaptive licensing pilot project

On 19 March 2014, the EMA announced the launch of its adaptive licensing pilot project along with an invitation to interested companies to submit their ongoing medicine development programmes to be considered as pilot cases. The term “adaptive licensing” (also known as “staggered approval” or “progressive licensing”) describes a process which allows patients to have … Continue Reading

Call for expression of interest to participate in early dialogue between HTA bodies and healthcare product developers

A call for expression of interest addressed to healthcare product developers who would be interested in engaging in early dialogues (EDs) with Health Technology Assessment (HTA) bodies was launched in December 2013 and will stay open until October 2014.  The call concerns developers of both medicinal products and medical devices. The European Commission defines HTA … Continue Reading

EMA Releases Its First Product-Specific Guidance on the Demonstration of Bioequivalence for Public Consultation

On 15 November 2013, the EMA released the first draft product-specific guidance documents on the demonstration of bioequivalence for 16 active substances for public consultation. This first set of guidance builds upon the general principles set out in the Agency’s Guideline on the investigation of bioequivalence of 2010, which specified the requirements for the design, … Continue Reading

EMA Publishes Draft Guideline on the Use of Phthalates in Medicines

EMA has published a draft guideline on the use of phthalates as excipients in human medicinal products. The guideline establishes new Permitted Daily Exposure (“PDE”) values for the following phthalates that are among the most commonly used as excipients in medicinal products: dibutyl phthalate: 0.01 mg/kg/day diethyl phthalate: 4 mg/kg/day polyvinyl acetate phthalate: 2 mg/kg/day … Continue Reading

Advocate General Opinion on Reclassification of Medical Devices

On May 30, 2013, Advocate General Sharpston delivered an opinion on a request for a preliminary ruling from the Finnish national courts concerning the laws governing reclassification of medical devices (Advocate General: Opinion, Case C-109/12).  The Advocate General’s opinion does not bind the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).  However, in the majority … Continue Reading

New UK Guidance for Doctors on Prescribing Medical Devices and Medicines

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. The General Medical Council in the UK has issued new prescribing guidance for doctors that includes detailed provisions on prescribing medical devices and managing patients using medical devices. The GMC’s previous guidance was focused almost exclusively on medicines.  The new guidance recognizes that medical devices — particularly software-based devices … Continue Reading

EU Financial Penalties for Centrally Approved Medicinal Products in Europe – How To Prepare?

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on September 17, 2012 Commission Regulation No. 658/20071 (the “Penalties Regulation”), as recently amended by Commission Regulation No. 488/2012,2 empowers the European Commission to impose financial penalties in relation to medicinal products approved through the centralised procedure. No financial penalties have yet been imposed, but the situation may change following … Continue Reading

What’s in a Name?

Article originally published in European Pharmaceutical Contractor, September  2012 Although at first sight the rules that govern the distinction between medical devices and medicines in the EU allow for a direct and systematic approach, borderline determinations are, in practice, often difficult and the rules lack logical rigour The European Commission is expected to publish proposals … Continue Reading

New Rules for Clinical Trials Proposed in Europe

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on August 1st, 2012 On 17 July, the European Commission released the long-awaited proposal for a Regulation on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use (the Proposal). The future regulation will replace the Clinical Trials Directive 2001/20/EC, the revision of which has been advocated by the pharmaceutical industry, academia, … Continue Reading

Cost Considerations Should Not Drive Off-Label Drug Use in the EU

Article originally published in Scrip Regulatory Affairs, June 2012 With off-label drug use in the EU moving into the regulatory spotlight, it is becoming clear just how limited member states are in their power to stimulate – or indeed allow – the practice. Off-label use of medicines always used to be somewhat in the shadows in … Continue Reading
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