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Sweden: Supreme Court Rules Growing Medical Marijuana Is Minor Drug Offense

(Nov. 29, 2017) On November 20, 2017, the Swedish Supreme Court sentenced a man to a fine for growing medical marijuana in his home. He was sentenced to 40 day-fines at SEK130 a day (a total of SEK5,200, about US$630). (Case No. B 2106-16, Supreme Court, Nov. 20, 2017, HÖGSTA DOMSTOLEN (in Swedish).) Legal Provisions  Under Swedish […]

Brazil: New Rules Approved for Assisted Reproduction

(Nov. 20, 2017) The Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM) approved on November 9, 2017, Resolution No. 2.168, which updates the rules for the use of assisted reproduction techniques. (Resolução CFM No. 2.168/2017, DIÁRIO OFICIAL DA UNIÃO [OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE UNION] 73 (Nov. 10, 2017), CFM website; Reprodução Assistida: CFM Anuncia […]

South Korea: Pilot Program Started for the Well-Dying Law

(Nov. 8, 2017) On October 23, 2017, a pilot program for the Hospice, Palliative Care, and Life-Sustaining Treatment Decision-Making Act, known as the “Well-Dying Law,” was implemented. (Act No. 14013 (Feb. 3, 2016), Korea Ministry of Government Legislation website (in Korean).)  The pilot program ends on January 15, 2018, and the Law will go into […]

Japan: Doctors Punished for Unauthorized Cord Blood Treatments

(Oct. 5, 2017) On September 22, 2017, two doctors in Japan were punished with a fine of one million yen (about US$9,000), based on the Act on the Safety of Regenerative Medicine, for having transplanted the umbilical cord blood of one person to another without prior submission of a treatment plan to the Ministry of […]

Brazil: Use of Dental Alloys Containing Mercury Prohibited in Brazil

(Sept. 27, 2017)   On September 15, 2017, the Brazilian Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) issued Resolution RDC No. 173, which prohibits the manufacture, import, and commercialization in the national territory, as well as the use in health services, of mercury and mercury powder for amalgam alloy in a non-encapsulated […]

Iran: New Law Poses Health and Financial Problems for Thalassemia Sufferers

(Sept. 27, 2017) A recent Iranian law that in effect removes all foreign medications from the list of drugs covered by insurance organizations reportedly endangers the health of a large percentage of the country’s thalassemia patients and subjects them to heavy financial burdens.  (Law Creating Hurdles for Thalassemia Patients, FINANCIAL TRIBUNE (July 26, 2017).)  The […]

Portugal: New Law Further Regulates Surrogate Pregnancy

(Aug. 14, 2017) On July 31, 2017, the Government of Portugal enacted Regulatory Decree No. 6 to further regulate surrogate pregnancy (gestação de substituição), which is governed by Law No. 32 of 2006.  (Decreto Regulamentar No. 6/2017, de 31 de Julho (Regulatory Decree No. 6), DIÁRIO DA REPÚBLICA ELETRÓNIO; Lei No. 32/2006, de 26 de Julho (Surrogacy […]

Italy: Vaccinations for Children Made Mandatory

(June 13, 2017) On May 19, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Decree-Law Containing Urgent Measures on the Compulsory Vaccination of Children, which makes vaccinations mandatory for children as a condition of school registration. (Italy Makes Childhood Vaccinations Compulsory, FRANCE24 (May 19, 2007); Decree-Law No. 73 of June 7, 2017, Urgent Provisions on Vaccine Prevention, GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (June 7, 2017), […]

Philippines: Executive Order Prohibits Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places

(June 9, 2017) In May 2017, the President of the Philippines signed an executive order (EO) establishing that enclosed spaces and public places must be smoke-free. (EO No. 26 Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Spaces (May 16, 2017), Philippine Official Gazette website.) “Enclosed” spaces for purposes of the directive […]

Liberia: Mental Health Bill Advances

(June 6, 2017) On May 23, 2017, the Liberian House of Representatives, the lower house of the country’s Parliament, unanimously approved a proposed amendment to the Public Health Law that would add a chapter on mental health.  (Leroy M Sonpon III, House Passes Law to Protect Persons with ‘Mental Disorders,’ DAILY OBSERVER (May 25, 2017).)  This follows the […]