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On the Pulse

Welcome to ‘On the Pulse’ delivered by the Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group

A video/podcast series, On the Pulse, brings together CMS lawyers and experts to discuss key industry topics impacting, innovating and disrupting the life sciences & healthcare sector. The series is hosted by Nick Beckett, Global Co-Head of CMS Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group.

Subscribe, download, watch and listen to the CMS ‘On the Pulse’ videos here and podcasts here.


Episode #1 – A legal roadmap for Cannabis

Nick Beckett discusses with Shuna Mason (CMS UK), Ellen Gielen (CMS Netherlands), Laura Opilio (CMS Italy) and how the medicinal cannabis industry is developing across Europe, the challenges it faces and what the future might hold. In particular, we discuss in this episode:

  • potentially the largest cannabis market on the planet;
  • how Moore’s law seems to apply to the legal opening up by authorities in Europe;
  • why there is yet to be significant use in practice;
  • what studies are needed to provide the hard scientific evidence healthcare professionals and authorities need to be comfortable with the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis;
  • whether recreational use in coffee shops may be diverted for medical use;
  • whether food supplements, cosmetics, drinks or even cigarettes could be an alternative means for patients to receive cannabis for medical purposes.

Episode #2 - Advertising of medicines and medical devices

Nick Beckett discusses with Dora Petranyi (CMS Hungary), Jens Wagner (CMS Germany) and Gabriela Staber (CMS Austria) the advertising of medicines and medical devices providing practical insights and an overview of the applicable laws.

In the episode, we consider:

  • the complicated and fast changing area of regulation of advertisements with different rules in different jurisdictions
  • how to verify that scientific evidence is sufficient to substantiate claims
  • the use of advertising in social media and other promotional campaigns
  • the approach of the authorities to new entrants to the market including in times of crisis
  • risks associated with competitors or consumer protection organisations filing claims
  • the potential impact of MDR on advertising of medical devices


Episode #1 – A legal roadmap for Cannabis

Episode #2 - Advertising of medicines and medical devices