Practice Areas

French medicines agency announces action against “short-liner” wholesale distributors

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 6 May 2019, the French National Agency of Medicine and Health Products Safety (ANSM), facing the challenges of stock shortages and the risks of introducing falsified medicines into circulation, published an announcement on action against “short-liner” wholesale distributors. Wholesale distributors, holding authorisations granted by the ANSM, carry out the purchase, sale, storage and distribution Read More

AI in health: the launch of the French Health Data Hub

Laurie-Anne Ancenys

The French Office parlementaire d’√©valuation des choix scientifiques (the Office) has published a report on artificial intelligence and health data following the public hearing organised in February 2019, in the form of two round tables on artificial intelligence and health data. The hearing, attended by AI researchers, entrepreneurs, public and private stakeholders of the health Read More

French ANSM temporary scientific committee pursues activities on modalities of medical cannabis availability

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 15 May 2019, the French Temporary Specialised Scientific Committee (CSST) met to continue its work on the modalities of making cannabis for therapeutic purposes available during the initial experimental phase. The CSST was created in September 2018 for one year by the French National Agency of Medicine and Health Products Safety (ANSM) to assess Read More

Dutch competition authority extends excessive pricing inquiry to consider possible supply restrictions on orphan ingredients

Francesca Miotto

Last week, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced that it is investigating whether the Italian pharmaceutical company Leadiant Biosciences restricted the supply of an important raw material for a patented orphan drug, by entering into exclusive agreements with an unnamed supplier. Such supply restrictions for raw materials could, according to the ACM, Read More

French Competition Authority delivers its opinion on consumer supply of medicines

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 4 April 2019, the French Competition Authority delivered its opinion on the distribution of medicines to consumers, following several months of investigation and an extensive public consultation. According to the Authority, the consumer supply of medicines sector is particularly important to the French economy and is evolving rapidly and significantly. This evolution is due Read More