Netherlands

Dutch Minister to explore possibility of compulsory licenses and pharmacy preparations

Anna-Maria Withagen

The Dutch Minister of Medical Care, Bruno Bruins, announced that he is going to explore the possibility of granting compulsory licenses in order to make pharmaceutical companies lower the prices of certain medicines they offer. During a debate, Bruins said that, although the instrument has not been used in the previous years, this does not Read More

Dutch Supreme Court ends second medical confusion…for now

Frits Gerritzen

Today, the Dutch Supreme Court held that both direct and indirect infringement of Swiss-type claims is possible, in a case between MSD and Teva. A summary of the main points of the decision can be found below. Keep watching this space for a more detailed analysis. The Dutch version of the decision can be found Read More

Dutch guidance on inducements by medical devices companies published

Iradj Nazaryar

On 31 August 2017, the Dutch Ministry of Health published Policy Rules providing guidance on the ban on inducements, which was introduced by the amendment of the Dutch Medical Devices Act of 17 May 2017.  The amendment establishes a prohibition on inducements, whether in cash or in kind, offered by medical device suppliers to professionals Read More

BeNeLuxA collaboration moves forward with launch of e-platform and two additional pilot projects

Tine Carmeliet

On 6 September 2017, the website of the BeNeLuxA collaboration, beneluxa.org, was officially launched (see Belgian and Dutch government press releases).  The BeNeLuxA collaboration is an initiative between Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria on pharmaceutical policy that aims to ensure sustainable and affordable access to innovative medicines (in particular, orphan drugs) by levelling the Read More

Dutch Data Protection Authority publishes guide on cloud storage of patient data

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently published a guide intended for healthcare providers about the cloud storage of patient data. The guide provides a practical interpretation of the DPA’s Guidelines on personal data protection (2013) which indicate how healthcare providers can fulfil data protection obligations. The key points within the guide refer to: Patient Read More