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Business Integrity: Maintaining Transparency and Accountability Through the COVID-19 Crisis

“As countries face undeniable emergencies, concentration of power, derogation of rights and freedoms, and as large amounts of money are infused into the economy to alleviate the crisis, corruption risks should not be underestimated,” said Marin Mrcela, the president of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), an anti-corruption monitoring body that is part of … Continue Reading

COVID-19: EC Publishes Guidance on Allowing Limited Cooperation Among Businesses

COVID-19 outbreak has caused major disruption of supply chains and a steep rise in demand for certain products and services, notably in the health sector. These circumstances risk leading to shortages in critical medical goods used to treat COVID-19 patients, but also in other essential goods and services outside the health sector. Tackling these exceptional general supply shocks … Continue Reading

European Union Policy Update on the Healthcare Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Until most recently, Europe had been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak – which now has shifted to the United States. This crisis heavily impacted many European countries and triggered a coordinated response by the European Union (‘EU’) led by the European Commission (‘EC’) to tackle this severe public health emergency (i.e. a Member State … Continue Reading

COVID-19: the EC extends the State aid Temporary Framework

The European Commission (EC) has recently adopted an amendment that extends the State aid Temporary Framework (described in our last blog post here) by adding five further types of aid measures that Member States may implement: Support for COVID-19 related research and development (R&D) to address the current health crisis; Support for the construction and … Continue Reading

The European Commission is Ready to Provide Ad Hoc Antitrust Guidance to Allow Cooperation Necessary in the COVID-19 Crisis

In a joint statement on the application of EU and national competition law during the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) crisis, the European Competition Network (ECN) recognized that competitors, supplier and distributors may need to cooperate with each other to ensure the supply and fair distribution of scarce products to all consumers. For example, a few … Continue Reading

EC’s New State Aid Developments in the Wake of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the European Union (EU) and national governments have sought to respond rapidly to the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The European Commission (EC) is responding to the increasing need for companies to receive urgent financial support by adopting new State aid tools and emphasizing its ability to approve aid quickly. In recent days, … Continue Reading

COVID-19 and EU State Aid Rules-The EU considers exceptional measures to give aid to companies in crisis.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is hurting the world’s economy, through severe disruption of financial markets, supply chains and work forces. In the EU, member states to varying degrees are contemplating measures to support companies hardest hit by the impact of the virus on the economy, including government loans, tax credits or deferral of tax payments. … Continue Reading

The New Federal Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

On Friday, May 11, 2018, President Trump vowed to fix “the injustice of high drug prices” by announcing the “Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices” (the Blueprint) to address the following challenges: Excessively high drug prices Seniors and government programs overpaying for drugs High out-of-pocket costs for consumers Lack of transparency in drug pricing Free-riding by … Continue Reading

EU Agrees on New Medical Device and IVD Regulation

An article authored by Healthcare principal John Wyand and associate Sarah Stec published in the November/December edition of the Food Drug Law Institute’s Update Magazine, looks at the impact of the EU’s regulations governing medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. The regulations seek to fill the regulatory gaps uncovered as technology evolved faster … Continue Reading

BREAKING: Deal Reached on New EU Medical Device and IVD Regulations

On May 25, 2016, the European Union (“EU”) Council and Parliament politically agreed on the provisions that will go into the final version of the long-awaited EU medical device and in vitro diagnostic (“IVD”) regulations.  The agreement seeks to fill the regulatory gaps uncovered as technology evolved faster than the current regulatory regime, which had … Continue Reading
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