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Parliamentary questions
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14 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003268-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Frédérique Ries (Renew)

 Subject:  The new Commission's proposals to tackle shortages of medicines
 Answer in writing 

On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee approved the appointment of Ms Kyriakides as Commissioner for Health.

During the hearing, she committed to stepping up the EU’s fight against cancer and to working with industry professionals and Member States to alleviate shortages of medicines, which is a serious problem for Europe and one which is undermining the public health goal of ensuring affordable, accessible and high-quality medicines for patients.

1. What specific and realistic recommendations does the Commission intend to make in order to prevent shortages of medicines? 2. Will the Commission address the obstacles hindering access to essential medicines and resulting in significant price erosion, burdensome regulatory procedures in some Member States and the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) being left to third countries? 3. Is the Commission prepared to set up a high-level pharmaceutical forum bringing together industry, patients, policy-makers and other stakeholders to establish strategic recommendations aimed at ensuring long-term access to medicines, while enhancing the competitiveness of the European pharmaceutical industry?

Original language of question: FR 
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