Czech Republic reforms drug laws

According to Legal Week, the Czech Republic has overhauled its drug advertising rules, including some related to meetings. From the article:

    The amendment further specifies the difference between scientific congresses and promotional meetings. Hospitality can be provided in connection with both types of meetings if it is commensurate with the nature of the meeting, secondary to the main purpose of the meeting, and extended only to healthcare professionals (i.e. not to their spouses or families).

The law also encompasses rules around samples, nurse training (they can be trained on specific instruments if need be, and they can go to educational meetings, as long as they don't focus on promoting prescription-only products), and other advertising-related issues. It was instigated, the article says, to bring the Czech Republic more in line with the EU on healthcare matters.

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