China announces pilot scheme for pharmaceutical tendering with minimum procurement quantities

David Shen

On 15 November 2018 the Joint Procurement Office (JPO) published its Paper on Centralized Drug Procurement in “4+7 Cities” (the Paper) which launched the national pilot scheme for tendering with minimum procurement quantities. The pilot scheme will be carried out in 11 cities: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Xian, Read More

New legislative proposals in Germany to encourage the use of biosimilars

Eda Zhuleku

The German Federal Ministry of Health recently released draft legislation on the safety of medicinal products – “Gesetz für mehr Sicherheit in der Arzneimittelversorgung” – GSAV In the wake of several recent safety issues, for example,  the release of contaminated pharmaceuticals with potentially carcinogenic substances in 2018, the government aims to improve the safety of medicines by stricter Read More

New measures on advertising and information of health products take effect in France

Eveline Van Keymeulen

In October 2018, Decree No. 2018-864 on the presentation, information and promotion of health products and related services entered into force, which was adopted pursuant to Article 58 of the Social Security Financing Bill. The decree introduces measures that aim to provide quality information to assist healthcare professionals in their therapeutic choices for health products, Read More

French Senate issues recommendations to tackle pharmaceutical supply disruptions

Eveline Van Keymeulen

In October 2018, the French Senate published a report on supply disruptions of medicinal products and vaccines. The report provides recommendations to combat the causes of such disruptions, which have increased by 30% since 2016, and to secure sufficient stock. In particular, the report proposes to: Set up tax exemptions for companies investing in French manufacturing Read More

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

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 15 October 2018, in preparation for the application of the EU Clinical Trials Regulation, the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) introduced two fast-track procedures to allow faster patient access to innovations. The Clinical Trials Regulation is expected to become applicable in 2020. Fast-track procedure 1, “access to innovation”, aims to Read More