Regulatory & compliance

Dutch Parliament adopts bill to amend Medicines Act

Iradj Nazaryar

At the end of April 2018, the Dutch House of Representatives adopted a legislative proposal to amend the Dutch Medicines Act (DMA). The Bill increases the maximum statutory amount for administrative fines for violations of the DMA, currently set at EUR 450,000, to the amount determined for the sixth category in Article 23 of the Read More

ANSM clarifies that it does not recommend “neutral packaging” of medicinal products in the midst of pharma industry criticism

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Yesterday, the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) provided some clarifications with respect to its Recommendations for applicants and holders of marketing authorisations on the labelling and packaging of human medicinal products dispensed in solid oral form and its Recommendations on the choice of medicinal product names (dated February 2018) (see our Read More

European Commission adopts revised definition of “similar medicinal product”

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Yesterday, the European Commission adopted Regulation 2018/781 amending Regulation (EC) No 847/2000 as regards the definition of the concept “similar medicinal product” in the context of the Orphan Medicines Regulation.  The Regulation extends the definition of “similar active substance”, by clarifying that “[i]f the principal molecular structural features cannot be fully established, the similarity between Read More

China’s new anti-bribery agency announces pharma probe

David Shen

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has announced the launch of a nationwide campaign to crack down on unfair competition and commercial bribery in the pharmaceutical, medical device and educational sectors. The campaign comes at a time when the Chinese government has enacted key amendments to its Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) and is gearing Read More

EU regulatory data protection – UK court considers generics’ challenges to prior EC decisions authorising reference product

Rafi Allos

In an important recent UK case concerning regulatory data protection (“RDP”), the High Court has rejected a challenge by Teva to an assessment underlying the RDP for Tecfidera (dimethyl funarate), a multiple sclerosis treatment approved in the EU in 2014.  Teva sought a judicial review of a decision by the MHRA refusing to accept Teva’s Read More