Our law firm has profound knowledge of the legislation governing advertising and the promotion of medicinal products in general. Managing partner Stefanos Economou has written the only book in Greek literature on the marketing of medicinal products. The book is entitled Compliance with Legislation and the Code of Ethics in Promoting Medicinal Products.
Consequently, we can offer you advice on any legal issue relating to the promotion of your products, either pharmaceutical products or medical equipment, as well as on any compliance issue.
Regulations on promoting medicinal products appear both in European and national legislation. The main ones are:
- Legislative Decree 96/73 on trading in pharmaceutical, dietary & cosmetic products, which includes Articles 16-19 on the main obligations and restrictions in the advertising of medicinal products.
- Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, which includes provisions on advertising and information for medicinal products under Articles 86-100.
It aims to accomplish free and safe marketing of medicinal products for human use and eliminate technical obstacles during the relevant transactions, while promoting the operation of the internal market and ensuring a high level of public health.
- Ministerial Decision No. ΔΥΓ3α/Γ.Π. 32221 (Government Gazette 1049/B/29.04.2013) on the harmonisation of the Greek legislation to the relevant EU legislation in the area of manufacturing and marketing of medicinal products for human use, in compliance with Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use (Law 311/28.11.2001), as in force and amended by Directive 2011/62/EC as regards the prevention of the entry into the legal supply chain of falsified medicinal products (Law 174/01.07.2011).
This Joint Ministerial Decision (hereinafter JMD 32221/2013) incorporated in the Greek law Directive 2001/83/EC, as amended by Directive 2004/27/EC, and includes all the provisions on medicinal product advertising in Articles 118-132, repeating and enriching the provisions of incorporated Directive 2001/83/EC.
- Law 4316/2014
Provisions on promoting transparency when marketing medicinal products and on the doctor/manufacturer relations are also included in Article 66(7) of Law 4316/2014, which made it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to disclose the benefits offered to health professionals.
With its vast experience in pharmaceutical law, commercial law and compliance, the Stefanos Economou & Associates Law Firm is able to meet all the needs of pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical warehouses and medical equipment companies for legal services, either as an advisor or before the courts and authorities.