Lege Artis Medicinae

[Recommendation of the Public Relation Committee of the Hungarian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers]

JUNE 30, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(06)

[The paragraphs of the forthcoming new Medicines Act dealing with information and information on medicines.]

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