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Healthcare & Life Sciences

13 November 2019
Eleanor Wilson PMPRB news

Canada - Smart & Biggar

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board has released its CompassRx 2017/18 Annual Public Drug Plan Expenditure Report and related news release reporting various statistics regarding prescription drug expenditures by Canadian public drug plans. The report indicates that prescription drug expenditure by public plans increased by 7.4% to C$11.4 billion in 2017-18.

Author: Eleanor Wilson
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Urszula Wojtyra Competition Bureau concludes investigation into alleged restrictions of off-label use of vaccines

Canada - Smart & Biggar

The Competition Bureau has conducted a preliminary investigation into allegations that a vaccine manufacturer tried to contractually restrict a provincial public immunisation programme's off-label use of a vaccine product. The alleged conduct could have resulted in higher costs for the province by preventing public health authorities from using competing products in their immunisation programmes.

Author: Urszula Wojtyra
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Recent updates

Altair Richards It all hinges on 2026 – will we be prepared for national health insurance?

South Africa - ENSafrica

Authors: Altair Richards, Alexandra Wood
Katie Lee Health Canada updates Guidance Document: The Management of Drug Submissions and Applications

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Author: Katie Lee
Jonas Löfgren Heavily discounted starter pack considered unethical grant to healthcare

Sweden - Westerberg & Partners Advokatbyrå Ab

Authors: Jonas Löfgren, Siri Alvsing
Fabian Huber Granting of gifts by pharmacies

Germany - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Authors: Fabian Huber, Caroline von Nussbaum
Andreas Wildi Federal Supreme Court upholds breast implant decision

Switzerland - Walder Wyss

Author: Andreas Wildi
Eduardo Buitrón de Vega Patuel SPC regulation amendment and export manufacturing waiver: in-depth analysis

European Union - Eversheds Sutherland (Germany) LLP

Author: Eduardo Buitrón de Vega Patuel
Julien Gaul Incentives and public procurement in the healthcare sector: be careful what you wish for

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Julien Gaul, Kirian Claeyé
Riccardo Fruscalzo Milan court sets precedent on second medical use invention plausibility

Italy - Hogan Lovells

Author: Riccardo Fruscalzo

Upcoming event

4th Annual IBA European Start-Up Conference

20 November 2019 – London, England

This year's European Start-Up Conference will feature discussions on health and wellness, European ecosystems, technology transfers, London trends and digital health.

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