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Healthcare & Life Sciences

15 May 2019
Rainer Herzig Cannabidiol in food and cosmetics

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

While there are signs of greater liberalisation with respect to hemp use internationally, the Austrian government has resisted this trend. In October 2018 the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection published a decree outlining its legal opinion on product regulations which prohibit CBD use in food and cosmetics. However, rather than providing legal certainty, the decree merely reflects headlines relating to the government's narcotics programme.

Author: Rainer Herzig
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Urszula Wojtyra Supreme Court denies Apotex leave to appeal decision regarding India facilities

Canada - Smart & Biggar

In 2018 the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Apotex's appeal of a judicial review decision of the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD), finding that the Federal Court made no reviewable error in its conclusion that the TPD's decision was not improperly motivated. The Supreme Court recently dismissed Apotex's application for leave to appeal.

Author: Urszula Wojtyra
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Katie Lee PMPRB publishes 2017 Meds Entry Watch

Canada - Smart & Biggar

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board recently announced the publication of the 2017 edition of Meds Entry Watch. According to the notice, this publication provides information on new medicines entering Canadian and international markets and examines the availability, sales, uptake, pricing and treatment costs of new medicines that were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency and Health Canada in 2016 and 2017.

Author: Katie Lee
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Joanne van Harmelen New breeding techniques and regulation of genetically modified organisms

South Africa - ENSafrica

A recent European Court of Justice ruling on the status of organisms obtained by new breeding techniques as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has again brought the scope of the South African GMOs Act into question. The difficulty with regulating organisms created through such techniques is that these organisms may be indistinguishable from organisms which have naturally evolved.

Author: Joanne van Harmelen
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Recent updates

Tierney GB Deluzio Quebec Court of Appeal overturns decision to delist Remicade from Quebec's List of Medications

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Author: Tierney GB Deluzio
Scott D Stein Supreme Court appears poised to extend False Claims Act statute of limitations

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

Authors: Scott D Stein, Doreen M Rachal, Alaric R Smith
Christian di Mauro Health risks arising from mobile phone misuse: government ordered to launch information campaign

Italy - Hogan Lovells

Author: Christian di Mauro
José Alberto Campos Vargas Importing and marketing medicines and medical devices

Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

Author: José Alberto Campos Vargas

Upcoming event

IBA – 7th Annual World Life Sciences Conference

31 May - 1 June 2019 – Philadelphia, USA

This year's event will feature dynamic roundtable sessions, as well as concurrent sessions covering the hottest topics and the latest developments from across the different sectors of the life sciences industry.

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