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Jun 14, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 11/16)
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Law on Medicinal Products Expected to be Simplified

On May 31, 2016, draft law No. 4484 simplifying the procedure for registration of medicines in Ukraine (the “Law”) was adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament.

The Law may be important for owners of pharmaceutical trademarks because it is expected to provide simpler access for foreign medicines into Ukraine. This may increase competition in the Ukrainian pharmaceutical market and bring down the prices of medicine.

The Law is now awaiting the President’s signature and will become effective on the day after its official publication.

If signed by the President, the Law will:
- Reduce the term for the state registration of medicines in Ukraine from one month to ten days; and
- Introduce the simplified procedure of the state registration of medicinal products already registered by the competent authorities in the Unites States of America, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Canada or registered under the centralised procedure by the competent authority of the European Union. Currently, the simplified procedure applies only to the registration of certain foreign medicines (such as medicines for the treatment of oncological diseases, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis).

Source: CMS Cameron McKenna LLC, Ukraine