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Approval of Proposed Invented Names for Medicinal Products in Slovenia

Article by Tatjana Simović, Trademark and Patent Agent and PETOŠEVIĆ Slovenia Director, first published in Law, Lore & Practice, December 2014

The regulatory framework in Slovenia allows prescribing of medicines by their international non-proprietary name (INN). However, as INN prescribing is not compulsory, physicians mostly prescribe medicines by their invented names. Pharmaceutical branding thus plays an important role in marketing of pharmaceuticals in Slovenia.

The competent authority in Slovenia responsible for granting marketing authorisations through the national, decentralised or mutual recognition procedure is the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of the Republic of Slovenia (hereafter referred to as the JAZMP). Part of its role in evaluating the safety of medicinal products is to approve their proposed (invented) names. In that regard the JAZMP issued the Guideline governing the acceptability of names for human medicinal products (hereafter referred to as the JAZMP Guideline).

The JAZMP Guideline mostly follows the requirements for approval of proposed (invented) names in the process...

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