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Máté Laczkó

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Hungary has taken over the EU Council’s rotating presidency as of 1 July 2024. Hungary’s EU presidency comes at a time when the European Parliament (EP) has already adopted its position on the EU pharma reform, and the file is now in the Council’s hands. In this article, we review Hungary’s EU presidency program and related press statements to provide a brief overview on what the industry should expect. In more detail Prior to taking…

OGYÉI’s integration into the new authority As of 1 August 2023, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYÉI) shall be merged into the National Public Health Center. The new authority will be called the National Center for Public Health and Pharmacy (NNGYK). The new authority will be headed by the Chief Medical Officer, and in terms of administrative hierarchy, the NNGYK will be under the supervision of the Minister of the Interior, acting in the…

In brief Reimbursing medicinal products is critical to ensure that treatments are widely available to patients. This is especially true for innovative products and is expected to become even more important with the EU Pharma reform package. Pricing and reimbursement (P&R) is an area regulated at Member State level, and on average the regulatory approach in Hungary has been on the stricter side for new medicinal products causing delay to market access. However recent legal…

In brief Pharma companies often employ Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) in order to provide healthcare professionals (HCPs) with high-quality professional and scientific information that lacks promotional content thereby distinguishing it from the information provided by medical sales representatives. In a recently published decision, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (NIPN) stated that it does not support distinction between professional and promotional communication. This position leaves pharma companies with two options: either to register MSLs…