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Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Defines Compensation for Care Received in Another EU Member State

(June 19, 2019) On May 31, 2019, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a judgment that determined when Swedish patients may be reimbursed for care received abroad. (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen [Supreme Administrative Court], Case No. 5928-18, May 31, 2019, Supreme Administrative Court website.) Under Swedish law, Swedish patients have a right to compensation for health care […]

Italy: Law to Establish Compliance with European Union Obligations Enacted

(June 17, 2019) On May 25, 2019, new legislation establishing measures for Italy to comply with obligations arising from its European Union (EU) membership was enacted in Italy. (Law No. 37 of May 3, 2019, Provisions for Compliance with the Obligations Deriving from Italy’s Membership in the European Union – European Law 2018) (Law No. […]

Russian Federation: Legislation Adopted Penalizing Use and Distribution of Prohibited Substances in Sports

(May 28, 2019) On May 1, 2019, the Russian Federation adopted the Law on Amending Articles 3.5 and 6.18 of the Code of Administrative Violations, which prescribes fines for athletes who use doping. (Federal’nii Zakon ot 05-01-2019 No. 96-FZ О Vnesenii Izmeninii V Stat’i 3.5 i 6.18 Kodeksa Rossiiskoi Federatsii ob Administrativnikh Pravonarusheniyakh [Federal Law […]

Germany: Prescription Drugs Cannot Be Sold Via Video Chat and Vending Machines

(May 24, 2019) In a decision published on May 11, 2019, the Administrative Court of Karlsruhe (Verwaltungsgericht Karlsruhe, VG Karlsruhe) held that the Dutch mail order pharmacy DocMorris cannot use vending machines in Germany to sell drugs that are authorized for sale only through pharmacies. The Court stated that vending-machine sales were not covered by […]

Brazil: City of São Paulo Enacts Decree Regulating Use of Electric Scooters

(May 23, 2019) After a series of accidents involving electric scooters (patinete elétrica), the mayor of the city of São Paulo on May 13, 2019, enacted Decree No. 58,750. This Decree provides for the provisional regulation of sharing services and use of both electric and nonelectric self-propelled personal mobility equipment, scooters, cycles, and similar equipment […]

Russia: Government Expanding Vaccination for Measles Amid Outbreak in Neighboring Countries

(May 9, 2019) On March 6, 2019, the chief state sanitary physician of the Russian Federation issued a resolution requiring that vaccination for measles be expanded in the territory of the Russian Federation to cover those who, for a number of reasons, have previously gone unvaccinated. (Postanovleniye Glavnogo Sanitarnogo Vracha R.F. ot 6-ogo Marta, 2019 […]

Germany: Criminal Law Amendment Allows Doctors to Inform Public of Abortion Services

(Apr. 22, 2019) On March 29, 2019, an amendment to the German Criminal Code entered into force, clarifying in a new paragraph 4 that doctors, hospitals, and other institutions may, without fear of criminal prosecution, provide objective information that they perform abortions in cases allowed under the Criminal Code. In addition, they may refer to information […]

UAE: Court Orders Doctors to Pay Blood Money to Patient’s Family

(Apr. 16, 2019) On March 29, 2019, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld the rulings of a criminal court of first instance and an appellate court to grant the family of a deceased patient the right to receive blood money. The Federal Supreme Court issued a decision ordering two Asian […]

Brazil: Superior Tribunal of Justice Decides Man Must Indemnify Woman Partner for Infecting Her with HIV

(Apr. 9, 2019) On March 19, 2019, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiça, STJ) decided that a person who transmits the HIV virus in the context of a stable long-term relationship may be held civilly liable when the agent’s behavior, whether by action or omission, presupposes intention (dolo ou culpa), damage, […]

Czech Republic: Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health Insurance Companies Reimburse Patients for Medical Cannabis Costs

(Mar. 11, 2019) The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has proposed that 90% of patients’ monthly costs for up to 30 grams of medical cannabis be reimbursed by public health insurance companies. (Press Release, Ing. Gabriela Štěpanyová, Spokeswoman for Director of Public Relations Department, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health […]