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The online sale of pharmaceutical products in Romania has been on the rise in recent years. This strengthening trend can be attributed to the growth of online purchases in Romania in general and to the fact that, until recently, the law left room for interpretation in this area.  Recent amendments to the laws governing the sale of […]

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The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, published the Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018 on 2 August 2018 with the aim of significantly clarifying, strengthening and modernising the law relating to the reporting of deaths to coroners. The Bill, once enacted, will amend the Coroners Act 1962. The Bill allows for a wider scope of […]

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