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Healthcare & Life Sciences

10 April 2019
Alice Tseng Costco Pharmacies receives C$7.25 million penalty for accepting drug rebates

Canada - Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently announced that CWC Pharmacies (Ontario) Ltd (Costco Pharmacies), a subsidiary of Costco, has been ordered to pay an administrative monetary penalty of C$7.25 million for accepting payments from certain generic manufacturers which had violated the prohibition on drug rebates.

Authors: Alice Tseng, Eleanor Wilson
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Constantinos Christofi General Healthcare System contributions

Cyprus - Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

As of 1 March 2019, employees, pensioners, state officials and income earners in Cyprus must contribute 1.7% of their income to the General Health System, while self-employed individuals must contribute 2.55% of their income. Private employers must also make General Health System contributions of 1.85% on emoluments made to employees, while the state must make an additional contribution of 1.65% of the incomes of employees, self-employed individuals, pensioners and government officials.

Author: Constantinos Christofi
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Riccardo Fruscalzo Towards the adoption of national templates for CTAs

Italy - Hogan Lovells

The Italian Medicines Agency recently opened a public consultation on national templates for medicinal products and medical devices to be used in clinical trials carried out in Italy. The public consultation will hopefully help to clarify whether such templates should be considered mandatory and to what extent they may be replaced by sponsors' templates or be subject to negotiation and amendments.

Authors: Riccardo Fruscalzo, Carlotta Busani
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José Alberto Campos Vargas Ministry of Health announces new cannabis regulations

Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

The Ministry of Health recently announced that the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk guidelines regarding industrial products with a tetrahydrocannabinol content of less than 1% have been suspended. In addition, all permits granted under the suspended guidelines will be reviewed and new draft regulations will be prepared in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior.

Authors: José Alberto Campos Vargas, Juan Luis Serrano-Leets
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Jaime L M Jones Court dismisses DOJ's complaint against pharmacy and private equity fund but permits re-pleading

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing a compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner, alleging that the pharmacy filed claims with Tricare that were rendered false by alleged kickbacks. However, a magistrate judge has filed an opinion recommending that the False Claims Act claims be dismissed due to the DOJ's failure to adequately plead its claims on either an implied or express certification theory of liability.

Author: Jaime L M Jones
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Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

Author: José Alberto Campos Vargas
Alice Tseng Proposed changes to OHIP+ programme

Canada - Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Authors: Alice Tseng, Chen Li
Rainer Herzig Social security system to undergo restructure – but will it achieve cost savings?

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Author: Rainer Herzig
Kristin Graham Koehler Eighth Circuit tightens False Claims Act pleading requirements

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

Authors: Kristin Graham Koehler, Brendan C Smith, Cameron James Gibbs
Jonas Löfgren Trilogue negotiations: originator company compensation for parallel imported products

Sweden - Westerberg & Partners Advokatbyrå Ab

Authors: Jonas Löfgren, Måns Ullman