Novartis Wins Landmark Case Against German Government Over Desloratadine Switch
Generics giant Novartis through its Hexal subsidiary has won an important case against the German Ministry of Health over a delayed prescription-to-OTC switch of desloratadine, which shows European Union Member States have got the authority to switch at a national level centrally authorized drugs.
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