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Italian cheap trick allowing unapproved drugs is 'dangerous attack on innovation'

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Draft legislation proposed by the Italian Ministry of Health contains "a very dangerous attack on the foundation of innovative drugs", Riccardo Palmisano, executive vice-president of the Italian biotech industry association Assobiotec, has warned. Dr Palmisano told Scrip that he was concerned about a "misuse of the philosophy" of a piece of legislation designed to allow patients with rare and orphan diseases to access yet-to-be authorised medicines, where no other therapies were available.

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