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press release

10 May 2021

austria

B.Rajal

Austria: Schoenherr advises BASF on transaction with Novartis/Sandoz at major industrial site in Kundl, Tyrol

Schoenherr advised BASF SE (BASF) on a major investment project at the Kundl/Schaftenau Campus in Tyrol, Austria. On 26 April 2021, BASF entered into an agreement with Sandoz GmbH, a subsidiary of the Novartis Group, which is already operating various biotech production facilities in Kundl and Schaftenau.

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newsletter

29 March 2021

bulgaria

E.Todorova

The newly amended Notice on Handling of Duplicate Marketing Authorisation Applications – during a pandemic, availability is all that matters

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roadmap

Ready for the cladogenesis of traditional healthcare?

It's June 2019 and the key players from the digital, healthcare and pharma industry have gathered at the Health Tech Summit in Lausanne to discuss a future in which preventive medicine will be customised for each patient. The idea is based on three milestones: active life (sports), mental health (healthy lifestyle) and eating habits (food). Poor eating habits and stress especially lead to the early onset of chronic diseases, costing the healthcare system billions of euros.

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publication

14 January 2021

austria

C.Schmelz C.Holzer

VwGVG - Kommentar zum Verwaltungsgerichtsverfahrensgesetz

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newsletter

18 December 2020

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Bulgaria: First legislative amendments introducing telemedicine/telehealth

On 16 December the Bulgarian Council of Ministers adopted a Decree amending the local Ordinance for exercising the right of access to medical care.

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publication

25 November 2020

austria

A.Natterer I.Sirakova

Grundlagen im Lebensmittelrecht

Ernährung als essentieller Bestandteil der Medizin ist aufgrund von rasant wachsenden wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen immer deutlicher ins Zentrum gerückt.

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media coverage

Pharmaforschung: ICC-Schiedsgericht spricht Schönherr-Mandantin Millionenbetrag zu

Erfolg für AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals vor einem Frankfurter ICC-Schiedsgericht: Das Wiener Pharmaunternehmen setzte sich mit der Ansicht durch, dass ein Vertrag mit dem taiwanesischen Arzneimittelhersteller Pharmaessentia weiter Bestand hat und bekam in dem Verfahren 143 Millionen Euro zugesprochen, unter anderem für Schadenersatz und Kosten.

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press release

Austria: Schoenherr advises Austrian start-up Carbomed on multi-million euro financing round

After Schoenherr recently advised the Austrian fintech company Bitpanda on the largest European Series A financing round in 2020, the firm successfully advised on another start-up financing: Under the leadership of partner Thomas Kulnigg, the Schoenherr team advised Carbomed Medical Solutions, an Austrian FemTech start-up, on a EUR 3m financing. The financing round was led by aws Gründerfonds.

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press release

07 October 2020

austria slovenia

T.Kulnigg V.Kobe

Schoenherr advises majority shareholder of BIA Separations on sale of its 100% shareholding to Sartorius Stedim Biotech

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press release

06 October 2020

austria

M.Lang C.Herbst

Austria: Schoenherr advises listed AddLife on its acquisition of DACH Medical Group

Schoenherr, together with Advokatfirman Delphi, advised AddLife, a Swedish Medtech company listed on the Nasdaq Nordic Exchange, Stockholm, on the acquisition of all shares in the DACH Medical Group Holding AG. The transaction agreement was signed on 1 October 2020.

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newsletter

06 September 2020

bulgaria

E.Todorova

New Foodstuff Act in Bulgaria

To a large extent, the draft of the new Foodstuff Act1 (New Law or the Law) was developed in 2015. However, its adoption was long discussed with the European Commission and postponed several times.

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newsletter

28 July 2020

romania

S.Pavel

New Romanian trademark law introduces new obligations and deadlines

Trademark owners and applicants must comply with a series of new obligations and deadlines, following the substantial amendment to Romanian trademark legislation.

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newsletter

11 May 2020

austria

G.Leissler

Austria: Third COVID-19 Act: lawfulness of processing employee health data

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newsletter

30 March 2020

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Bulgaria: healthcare & life sciences in a global pandemic

Healthcare and life sciences have a special status as a type of legal practice. The debate about what this specialisation entails, and to what extent it even qualifies as legal work, is endless. However, as a crisis is also an opportunity, the coronavirus pandemic has defined the areas where law, healthcare and the life sciences overlap.

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blog

30 March 2020

austria vienna

V.Wolfbauer

The Police, Drones, and the Corona Pandemic – Reflections on Austria

The Corona pandemic is putting our world to an unexpected stress test. But despite all difficulties, in only a couple of weeks, people dramatically changed the way they work, shop, seek health care, and interact with each other. 

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newsletter

27 March 2020

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Bulgaria: Even in a state of emergency human rights must be respected!

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newsletter

New rules in CEE countries regarding exports of medical equipment and medicinal products

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newsletter

16 March 2020

austria

I.Sirakova A.Natterer

Exportverbote für Arzneispezialitäten

Am 01.04.2020 tritt die Verordnung über die Sicherstellung der Arzneimittelversorgung ("AMVS-VO") in Kraft. COVID-19 war zwar nicht der Grund für die Erlassung der Verordnung, die Auswirkungen der Corona-Pandemie könnten jedoch schnell zum ersten größeren Anwendungsfall der AMVS-VO werden.

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16 March 2020

austria

A.Natterer I.Sirakova

Export bans for medicinal products

On 1 April 2020, the Ordinance on Ensuring the Supply of Medicinal Products (Verordnung über die Sicherstellung der Arzneimittelversorgung, "AMVS-VO" or the "Ordinance") will enter into force.

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16 March 2020

austria

I.Sirakova

Gold rush with disinfectants

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newsletter

E-healthcare and telehealth become vital to tackling COVID-19 in CEE

Worried about COVID-19? During the outbreak, it is challenging for patients to seek in-person medical care.

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newsletter

16 March 2020

austria

I.Sirakova

Goldrausch mit Desinfektionsmitteln

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press release

11 March 2020

austria

S.Hödl

Austria: Schoenherr advises Neuraxpharm on the acquisition of Easypharm

Schoenherr advised Neuraxpharm, a portfolio company of Apax partners, on the acquisition of Austrian consumer healthcare company Easypharm OTC GmbH. The deal was closed on 20 January 2020

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newsletter

21 February 2020

hungary

G.Szalóki

Hungarian government settles pharma debts: An opportunity for factoring companies? | Hungary

Hungarian hospitals are facing problems paying for drugs and medical devices. Many suppliers have claims worth millions of euros and are having difficulty enforcing them against either the hospitals or the Hungarian government.

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newsletter

14 February 2020

bulgaria

G.Roussinova E.Todorova

Bulgaria: New Legislation in the Rose Cultivation Sector

Bulgaria is well-known for its roses, more precisely its oilseed roses (маслодайни рози). Oilseed roses are famously used to produce rose oil, which is one of the most expensive oils, commonly referred to as "liquid gold".

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blog

31 January 2020

austria

S.Khalil

Telemedicine on the rise in Austria?

Seven out of the 328 pages of the new green/conservative government's programme are dedicated to the health sector. One bullet point on this programme for the next five years is to implement telemedicine treatment in the best possible way. The government further explains that it aims to promote digitalisation in diagnosis, treatment and medical research and thus strengthen Austria as a health hub.

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press release

30 September 2019

romania

M.Cojocaru

Schoenherr wins two awards from leading financial journal Ziarul Financiar

Schoenherr Romania won two awards at the Business Lawyers' Gala held by the leading local financial journal Ziarul Financiar on 24 September in Bucharest.

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press release

Schoenherr advises Apax Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in ADCO Group

Schoenherr Czech Republic and Poland acted as a collateral advisor to Apax Partners, the global private equity advisory firm managing Apax Funds ("Apax") on the acquisition of a majority stake in the ADCO Group, the global market leader in the mobile sanitary unit sector. 

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newsletter

29 July 2019

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Growing cannabis in Bulgaria: Legal but still stigmatised

Bulgarian legislation on the legal cultivation of cannabis makes for interesting reading. Some readers might feel that the regulations and definitions are the most hilarious things ever, and this article aims to shed light on why this may be, while running you through some legalities.

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publication

Rote Rüben-Kren-Chips

Die Aufmachung eines zum Verzehr bestimmten Produkts kann irreführend sein, auch wenn die Angaben im Zutatenverzeichnis zutreffen.

Der vollständige Artikel ist hier zu finden.

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newsletter

29 May 2019

austria

A.Natterer

Admissibility of Stem Cell Therapy - Case Law Update Austria

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11 April 2019

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Bulgarian Courts and the Deepest Recesses of Marketing

Some local interpretations of the concepts of clean labelling and claims related to children's development and health

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newsletter

Czech Republic: Health products distributor fined for resale price maintenance

The Office for the Protection of Economic Competition recently fined Czech health products supplier TCM Herbs Kc853,000 (approximately €33,500) for resale price maintenance (RPM).(1)

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publication

26 March 2019

austria

A.Natterer

Cannabidiols in Austria

Hypes come and go.What Bitcoin was for the financial sector in 2017 is currently cannabidiol, or "CBD" short, for the food industry. But how is the substance to be legally classified?

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newsletter

27 February 2019

austria

C.Haid

Pharmaceutical industry remains in the focus of competition law enforcement - Austria

The market dynamics of the pharmaceutical industry are peculiar in many ways, including the characteristics of its demand and supply sides.

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publication

25 February 2019

austria

I.Sirakova

Kautabak in Portionsbeuteln - Anmerkung zu EuGH, Urteil vom 17.10.2018, C-425/17

Muss auf den Verpackungen von Kautabak fortan der Hinweis “Bitte nicht Lutschen. Nur zum Kauen geeignet und bestimmt” ausgewiesen sein, damit das Produkt zulässigerweise vertrieben wird?

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roadmap

2019

austria

Telemedicine – A trend in the fast lane

The health care sector continues to see competition from traditional and non-traditional industry participants. At the same time, patients want continuously available, affordable and better health care and increasingly view medical treatment like any other (professional) service. Patients therefore are demanding cost-efficiency, high quality, ease of access and 24/7 availability.

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media coverage

14 January 2019

austria

A.Natterer

CBD: Ein Rechtsbruch, der keiner ist

Der Versuch des Sozialministeriums, Cannabidiol-haltige Lebensmittel im Erlassweg zu verbieten, ist untauglich. Sich dagegen zu wehren, ist dennoch schwierig.

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07 January 2019

austria

A.Natterer

Austria: Decree forbids sale of CBD products

Exactly four months ago, we reported that the Austrian pastry shop Aida was starting to sell cakes containing CBD and explained the legal situation. In the meantime, everything has changed. Or has it?

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newsletter

14 November 2018

austria

A.Natterer

Healthcare Update - Mastering New Trends: Teleradiology* - Austria

Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome.

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press release

14 November 2018

austria

A.Natterer

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr establishes sector group for Healthcare & Life Sciences

Schoenherr has established a new Healthcare & Life Sciences group to provide more comprehensive advice to clients active in the healthcare sector. 

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newsletter

09 October 2018

austria

C.Haid

Non-compliance in the Healthcare Sector - Iceberg ahead! - Austria

If anyone needed a wakeup call as to how critical a functioning compliance system and culture is, look no further than the recent reports in the Austrian media about allegations of fraud launched against a surgeon working at one of Vienna's most renowned public-sector hospitals.

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07 September 2018

austria

A.Natterer T.Kulnigg

Austria: Let them eat space cake

As of tomorrow, the traditional Austrian bakery Aida, which is known for its staff dressed in baby pink, will sell brownies containing CBD. The price will be EUR 4.20 – an inside joke, since "four-twenty" is code for the consumption of cannabis. 

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newsletter

European Union: Your Web Doctor will see you now - software as a medical device

Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters.

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publication

Austria: Two Years Of Online Sales Of Medicinal Products In Austria

Austrian legislators have been reluctant – if not outright hostile – to permit any kind of online sale of medicinal products within the country. It has been just over two years since Austrian pharmacies were finally granted the right to sell medicinal products to consumers.

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03 January 2018

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Bulgaria has liberalised the legal requirements on mixtures containing 1,4-Butanediol and y-Butyrolactone

On 20 December 2017, the Bulgarian parliament voted on a legislative amendment that will allow the marketing of risky substances containing mixtures intended for industry use.

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publication

27 November 2017

austria

A.Natterer

EuGH zu Dextro Energy GmbH & CO KG gegen Kommission: Health Claims für Glucose trotz wissenschaftlichem Nachweis zurückgewiesen

Dextro Energy beantragte die Zulassung gesundheitsbezogener Angaben für die gleichnamigen Zuckertäfelchen. Trotz positiver Bewertung durch die EFSA hat die Kommission den Antrag abgewiesen.

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12 June 2017

romania

O.Constantinescu

Romania Suspends Unclear Food Waste Law

A new law meant to fight food waste in Romania came into force in late May but is now inapplicable, as its provisions are unclear and application norms have yet to be published.

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09 June 2017

poland

P.Kapica

New Rules for Issuing Pharmacy Permits in Poland

On 15 May 2017 the President of Poland executed the Act of 7 April 2017 amending the Pharmaceutical Law (the "Amending Act"), which changes the current regulations of the Act of 6 September 2001 Pharmaceutical Law (Journal of Laws of 2016, items 2142 and 2003) regarding the issuance of permits to operate public pharmacies.

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23 March 2017

poland

P.Kapica

New Polish Food Law Seeks to Counteract the Unfair Use of Contractual Advantage

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Legislative vacuum filled: Czech Republic introduces comprehensive new national legislation on e-cigarettes

New legislation regulating e-cigarettes in the Czech Republic entered into force on 1 March 2017, introducing specific safety and quality requirements on e-cigarettes in the country for the first time.

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23 February 2017

bulgaria

E.Todorova

Bulgaria: Amendment to the pricing and reimbursements process for pharmaceuticals

The amendment aims at alleviating the existing regime for pricing of pharmaceuticals for home treatment of chronic, genetic and/or rare diseases and paid by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). 

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