Pharmaceuticals

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

Life Sciences M&A in a holding pattern

Matthew Appleton

Continued uncertainty surrounding President Trump’s proposed tax reforms has slowed activity in the Life Sciences sector, with deal values holding well below the record levels seen in previous years. If Trump’s promised corporate tax cut materialises, big U.S. players may be encouraged to repatriate (and spend) the huge amounts of cash currently held offshore.  But Read More

European Commission assesses bids for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency

Jacqueline Bore

On Saturday, the European Commission (EC) published its assessment of the bids by 19 Member States to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) when it relocates from London in March 2019. As instructed by the Member States, the EC has been careful to avoid betraying any preference by producing a ranking or short list. The Read More

The definition of “product” in the SPC Regulation: (Part 1 of 2) What’s in a name?

Nicola Dagg

Anyone familiar with supplementary protection certificate (SPC) law will know the importance of the definition of “product” for SPC purposes. “Product” is defined within art.1(b) of Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 (the SPC Regulation) and plays a central role in the interpretation of that Regulation, in particular as regards the conditions for obtaining an SPC set Read More

UK position on Continuity in the Availability of Goods for the EU and the UK set out as Brexit negotiations continue

Erin Currie

A number of position papers have recently been published as negotiations continue on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  One such position paper from the UK is the Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK, published on 21 August 2017, which sets out proposals that will be applicable to the Read More