Health Law

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Burkett, Teresa Meinders
Conner & Winters, LLP

Health Law

Contact: David Black

Last night the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2, received 71 percent approval, far more than the 60 percent required for passage. The passage of Amendment 2 will expand the marijuana industry in Florida – currently dominated by the 2014 Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, commonly known as Florida’s “Charlotte’s Web” law – opening the floodgates to what is expected to be a lucrative $1.5 billion industry by 2020.

Read more: Medical Marijuana in Florida: Amendment 2’s Passage

In a much anticipated decision, the Federal Court last week found in favour of a manufacturer of generic veterinary products in its action against the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Partner, Dr Teresa Nicoletti and Lawyer, Sebastian Tonkin discuss this decision further.

Read more: Australia Federal Court finds against APVMA on confidential commercial information

By: Ferdausur Rahman, Partner, A.S & Associates

Establishment of large pharmaceutical industries has increased since the liberation of Bangladesh. During the initial period, the industries aimed at meeting the in-coutry demand of products; however, with time and globalization, the industries started exploring opportunities for expanding their market outside of the country. Generally, the national industries were producing generic drugs and they usually have weak Research and Development activities. The situation is gradually changing and the industries are increasingly recognizing that without quality control to meet international standards, their efforts to export even the generic product will not be successful. This highlights the importance of establishing Clinical Research Organizations (CRO) in Bangladesh to develop capacity to conduct bioequivalence studies that meet international standards, more importantly FDA and European requirements. Additionally, some of the industries have started producing vaccines, which will necessitate development of further capacity of the pharmaceutical industry as well.

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Contact: Rainer Herzig, Preslmayr Attorneys at Law (Austria)

Applications for supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) often raise interesting and sometimes difficult questions. Following a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ),(1) the Supreme Court recently issued a decision in which it provided the Patent Office with supplementary guidance for further proceedings regarding the grant of an SPC.(2)

Read more: Supplementary protection certificate for carrier protein?

Contact: Rainer Herzig; Preslmayr Attorneys at Law (Austria)

Defining the boundaries between medicines, food supplements, dietetic foods and foods is frequently difficult. A recent Supreme Court decision sheds some light on the differences between medicines and dietetic foods.

Read more: Cranberry tablets – food or medicine?