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In brief

Following its publication in the Italian Official Gazette on 21 May 2021, the decree of the Ministry of Health authorizing the use of drugs for human use for the treatment of pets and certain animal diseases came into force.

What’s new

The purpose of the decree is to allow the use of drugs for human use, which are less expensive than veterinary medicinal products, in order to ensure a fairer access to animal care. Indeed, the decree provides that a veterinary shall be allowed to prescribe drugs for human use for the treatment of pets on the basis of the purchaser’s best economic advantage, provided that the relevant drug contains the same active ingredient of the veterinary medicinal product and that the same drug is not included within the list of drugs whose availability is limited.


Roberto Cursano has been a lawyer in Baker McKenzie since September 2007. He focuses on healthcare law and compliance, and assists in tender procedures, the negotiation of public contracts and litigation before administrative courts. Mr. Cursano is a former administrative officer in the Italian Ministry of Health and helps clients work closely with the Italian Public Administration. He is admitted to the bar before the Italian Supreme Court and the Council of State. As well as training and tutoring in the master’s degree program on clinical trials of pharmaceutical products at the University of Rome Sapienza, Mr. Cursano regularly publishes articles and scientific contributions. He also frequently hosts and participates in seminars and presentations on pharmaceutical and administrative law matters.


Riccardo Ovidi is an Associate in Baker McKenzie Rome office.

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