Hospital in the Home: Concept and Clinical Guidelines

Hospital in the Home (HITH) is the provision of hospital care in the comfort of the persons own home. In this patients are regarded as hospital inpatients and remain under the care of their treating doctor in the hospital, they receive the same treatment that they have been received in a hospital bed. Patients may be able to receive all their hospital care in HITH. Participation in HITH is voluntary - patients and their carers must agree to have their care provided at home. There are no additional charges to patients for being in HITH and it is available to public patients from the 43 participating public hospitals across the state.

New Legal Framework for Harmonisation of the Data Exclusivity

The new periods of data exclusivity will only take effect for reference products applying for marketing authorisation after the new law is fully in effect (around November 2005). Therefore, the first generics applications under the 8+2+1-year data exclusivity period will not occur until late 2013.