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Covid-19 coronavirus: patent database observations

Lars Braams

As per 8 September 2020, 143 search results containing the words “Covid 19” in the title, claims or the abstract of a patent show up in the international patent database Espacenet. Over the past weeks, this number grows with about 15 new results each week. While the race for a vaccine covers the headlines around Read More

French anti-gift regulation is now complete!

Jeanne Fabre

The two long-awaited orders of the French anti-gift regulation were finally published on 14 August 2020 (see our previous blog post: Decree on French anti-gift regulation published): Order of 7 August 2020 setting the amounts from which an agreement provided for in Article L1453-8 of the Public Health Code and specifying the granting of benefits Read More

France: Extension of framework agreement between French Pharmaceutical Companies Association and Economic Committee for Health Products

Jeanne Fabre

At the end of the Conventional Policy Steering Committee held on 23 July 2020, the French Pharmaceutical Companies Association (Leem) and the French Economic Committee for Health Products (CEPS) agreed to an extension of their Framework Agreement, which is the reference framework for fixing and regulating medicines pricing in France. The agreement, which would have Read More

Belgium: Covid-19: use of unlicensed medicines for treatment of Covid-19

Tine Carmeliet

Recently, Royal Decree no 34 was published, containing measures to ensure the availability and proper management of medicinal products during the Covid-19 pandemic. The royal decree enables the Minister of Health to authorise a product from Belgium’s strategic stockpile of medicinal products that is not licensed for the treatment of Covid-19 to be used for Read More

Terumo loses appeal against Dutch TV broadcaster

Lars Braams

Two anonymous whistleblowers informed the media about certain serious flaws with respect to Terumo’s syringes, stents and catheters. In the first broadcast of the Dutch TV show “EenVandaag” by AVROTROS it is stated that the syringes can contain (liquid) glue that might contaminate the medicine and the patient. In the second broadcast the quality control Read More