Tag Archives: Medicinal Products

Italian Council of State Improves Access to Investigational Medicines

Recently, the Council of State (i.e., the Italian supreme administrative court and consultative body) adopted an important advisory opinion, which allows for improved access to investigational medicines by patients in Italy.  In particular, the Council of State found that patients may be enrolled in compassionate use programmes or supplied with a medicine listed in the … Continue Reading

Another round of upcoming amendments to the medicines laws in Germany – Clinical Trials, Advertising, Biologics and more…

On 11 November 2016, the German Parliament passed another new law amending different parts of the German Medicines Act (Arzneimittelgesetz) and the Act on Advertising for Healthcare Products (Heilmittelwerbegesetz). The law is titled “Viertes Gesetz zur Änderung arzneimittelrechtlicher und anderer Vorschriften“. The draft was deliberated in the health committee of the Federal Council (Bundesrat) on … Continue Reading

Upcoming Changes to Italy’s Biosimilar Landscape

On 28 November 2016, the Italian Chamber of Deputies approved the Draft Budgetary Law of 2017.  Among other things, the Draft Law introduces new rules on the substitutability of biologics and the procurement of biosimilars. In particular, Article 59(11) of the Draft Law provides that: two products enjoy a biosimilarity relationship only where this has … Continue Reading

Italian Medicines Agency Publishes New Concept Paper on Biosimilars

Recently, the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) has published a new Concept Paper on Biosimilars.  The Concept Paper outlines the regulatory status of biosimilars in Italy as well as their importance for the Italian healthcare sector. The new Concept Paper constitutes a revision of AIFA’s Position Paper on Biosimilars of 13 May 2013.  Overall, the Concept … Continue Reading

Italian Administrative Court Finds That All Non-Prescription Medicines May Be Advertised to the Public

On 30 June 2016, the TAR Lazio, a lower Italian administrative court, found that all non-prescription medicines may be advertised to the public.  This ruling is of particular importance as until now the Italian Ministry of Health has interpreted the Italian medicines legislation as allowing the advertising to the public only of Over-the-Counter (OTC) products. … 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

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

The Italian Competition Authority launches a sector inquiry in relation to vaccines for human use

On 27 May 2015, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) issued a decision launching a sector inquiry into the supply of vaccines for human use. The ICA has stated that it has launched the sector inquiry because of: the importance of vaccines in terms of health care costs borne by the Italian National Health Service (over … 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

Commission Updates EU Medical Devices Borderline Manual

The European Commission’s Borderline and Classification Medical Devices Expert Group has published a new version of its Manual on Borderline and Classification in the Community Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices.  The updated manual includes a new section on software and mobile applications reflecting the growing industry of medical device software.  The manual also provides new … 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

Spain: Proposed New Legislation on Clinical Trials

The Spanish Ministry of Health has published a draft Royal Decree on Clinical Trials, which the Spanish government is expected to adopt by the end of this year.  Once adopted, the new Royal Decree will replace Royal Decree 223/2004 on Clinical Trials and will regulate all clinical trials with medicines and medical devices in Spain. … 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

EU Proposes a Scrutiny Procedure for High-Risk Devices

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. Following recent developments regarding breast implants and metal-on-metal hip joint replacements, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution calling for safer medical devices and the introduction of a marketing authorization system for high-risk devices.  While the Commission has not endorsed the EP’s resolution for a premarket authorization system in its Proposal for a new EU medical devices’ … 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
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