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Dr. Frank Pflüger

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Dr. Frank Pflüger is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Frankfurt office.

On 8 July 2022, the German Health Ministry officially shared the second edition of a new bill referred to as the Act for Financial Stability of the Public Health Insurance (GKV-Finanzstabilisierungsgesetz). The bill is still subject to discussions with stakeholders and several rounds of congress hearings. If ultimately implemented, which is a likely scenario, pharma companies will face several painful cutbacks on the statutory reimbursement of prescription-only medicinal products.

Manufacturers and EU importers of medical devices are periodically confronted with new sets of rules imposing new product conformity requirements. Apart from MDR/IVDR, other EU legislation as well as revisions of ISO standards may compel companies to secure future marketability of legacy products on stock before the expiry of transition periods. To take advantage of transition mechanisms, EU legislators regularly require that affected products have to be “placed on the market” prior to a cut-off date. But what does that mean, and how should companies practically implement and record a “placing on the market”?

The Digital-Supply-Act (Digitale-Versorgung-Gesetz, “DVG”), which aims to further promote digitization in the German health care system, entered into force on 19 December 2019 and regulates, inter alia, the prescription of Digital Health Apps by HCPs (including the cost bearing by statutory health insurance). Patients insured with statutory health funds are eligible for reimbursement of Digital Health Apps. As of this August, prescription for Digital Health Apps will be available, according to statements made by the Federal Ministry of Health at an event of the Health Innovation Hub on 16th July 2020.

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