French 2019 Social Security Financing Act introduces new healthcare measures

Eveline Van Keymeulen

The 2019 Social Security Financing Act (2019 LFSS), mostly validated by the French constitutional court on 21 December, was published in the French Official Journal on 23 December 2018. The LFSS introduces, among other things, the following key measures: Creation of hybrid medicines as a new category (Article 66): the French Public Health Code is Read More

New Belgian life sciences regulations on pricing and clinical trials published

Tine Carmeliet

Two new Belgian regulations relevant to life sciences stakeholders were published in the Belgian Official Journal on 31 December 2018. A Ministerial Decree adopted on 21 December 2018 has amended the Ministerial Decree of 17 June 2014, which sets the maximum prices for medical implants, refundable and non-refundable medicines, generic medicines and medicines that are imported Read More

European Commission issues report on antitrust enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector

Dominc Long

A decade on from its inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector in 2009, on 28 January 2019 the European Commission (EC) issued a report providing an overview of antitrust law enforcement (antitrust and mergers) in the EU from 2009-2017 in the pharmaceutical sector. The report confirms that effective enforcement of EU antitrust rules in the sector Read More

Belgian consumer association announces potential complaint for abuse of dominance based on excessive pricing allegations

Francesca Miotto

Last week, a spokesperson for the Belgian consumer association Test Aankoop/Test Achats announced that the association is likely to lodge a complaint with the Belgian Competition Authority against the Italian pharmaceutical company Leadiant. Allegedly, Leadiant abused its dominant position in the market for chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), the active substance in the treatment of the rare Read More

French regulator (ANSM) introduces third fast-track authorisation procedure for clinical trials

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Following the introduction of two fast-track procedures to allow faster patient access to innovations in preparation for the application of the EU Clinical Trials Regulation, the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) implemented another fast-track authorisation procedure (see our previous update, ANSM introduces fast-track authorisation procedures for clinical trials). On 5 December Read More