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Healthcare & Life Sciences

19 February 2020
Rainer Herzig Digital health: proposal to amend Health Telematics Act

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

The Ministry of Health recently provided Parliament with a draft amendment to the Health Telematics Act for public consultation. The proposal aims to remedy a number of challenges relating to Austria's existing immunisation system through the introduction of electronic immunisation cards and a central register of vaccinations.

Author: Rainer Herzig
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Katie Lee PMPRB reports upward trend of high-cost drugs

Canada - Smart & Biggar

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board recently released the Meds Entry Watch 2018, which analyses information about medicines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency or Health Canada in 2017 and 2018. One of the key findings is the continued upward trend in the entry of high-cost products (eg, orphan drugs and oncology products).

Author: Katie Lee
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Caroline von Nussbaum Regulation of medical marijuana

Germany - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Cannabis-containing finished medicinal products have been available on prescription in Germany for some time. In 2017 the amendment of various acts permitted the state-controlled cultivation of cannabis and allowed the production of cannabis-containing medicinal products in pharmacies. This article provides an overview of the legal framework applicable to cannabis products – especially cannabis-containing medicinal products – and the current discussions and developments relating thereto.

Authors: Caroline von Nussbaum, Fabian Huber, Ulrich Spiegel
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