Health is a highly regulated sector of activity and therefore requires specialised legal knowledge to interview appropriatly at different levels on a range of distinct matters. Furthermore, in-depth knowledge of the activities and players operating in this sector is an essential component: the State and other public entities, the pharmaceutical industry, the pharmacies, public and private hospitals, the associations and foundations of companies, including the non-profit organisations also operating in this sector.
In this context, the firm’s team of highly specialised lawyers has an in-depth knowledge of issues that are subject to rules and regulation and is familiar with the workings and relations between the regulatory authorities – INFARMED (Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde – National Authority for Medicines and Health Products), Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (National Institute for Industrial Property), Autoridade da Concorrência (Competition Authority) and Direcção-Geral das Actividades Económicas (Directorate-General for Economic Activities) –, as well as the associations of the pharmaceutical sector – Apifarma (pharmaceutical industry) and ANF (pharmacies).
Within the pharmaceutical industry, we provide advice to several leading companies operating at a global level, and our team of lawyers is specialised in the field of regulatory, competition, industrial property and pharmaceutical laws. Our team has solid experience in the areas of marketing authorisations of medicinal products, clinical tests, wholesale distribution, price fixing, co-participation, discounts and commercial policies, advertising, the producer’s civil liability and pharmaceutical patents law. Expertise in contentious situations is also decisive in defending clients’ interests, considering that this is a dynamic sector.
In this sector, knowledge of international and Community law is also of the essence, as is the capacity to coordinate and act in cross-practice teams of lawyers.