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A pharmaceutical strategy for Europe: First steps

Εν συντομία 24-06-2020

On 1 June 2020, the European Commission published a roadmap for a pharmaceutical strategy for Europe. The strategy will have the overall goal of ensuring Europe's supply of safe and affordable medicines and supporting the European pharmaceutical industry's innovation efforts. Two consultations (on the roadmap and the strategy, respectively), are currently under way. Adoption of the strategy is envisaged for the fourth quarter of 2020.

In 2014 the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on medicated feed with the aim to update and harmonise rules which date from 1990. These rules are currently laid out in a directive, which would be repealed and replaced by a regulation. According to the Commission, the need to harmonise the production, marketing and use of medicated feed at EU level results from differences in national implementation that cause difficulties for producers and animal holders and create obstacles in the ...

In February 2013, the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (US) started the procedures necessary for initiating formal negotiations on a free trade agreement, referred to as the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP). The first round of negotiations took place in Washington D.C. in July 2013, the seventh round ended on 3 October 2014 and the eight round is taking place in Brussels from 2 to 6 February 2015. In order to monitor the on-going negotiations, the Committee ...

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on “Effectiveness of Medicines and Therapies”, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Wednesday 18 September 2013. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on the latest developments and main challenges healthcare systems have to address while assessing risks and benefits of new drugs and therapies. The workshop was hosted by MEP Mr Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SL), Co-chair of the Health Working Group within the ENVI Committee ...

Annual report on competition policy

Εν συντομία 06-06-2013

The European Commission (EC) publishes annual reports on EU competition policy, covering the main developments and enforcement actions. The 2011 edition focused on the role of State aid policy in the resolution of financial crisis.

Disease Mongering (Pseudo-Disease Promotion)

Λεπτομερής ανάλυση 15-11-2012

Disease mongering is the promotion of pseudo-diseases by the pharmaceutical industry aiming at economic benefit. Medical equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, doctors or patient groups may also use it for monetary gain or influence. It has increased in parallel with society's 'medicalisation' and the growth of the pharmaceutical complex. Due to massive investments in marketing and lobbying, ample use of internet and media, and the emergence of new markets, it is becoming a matter of concern ...

Executive summary European legislation regulating the marketing authorisation of medical products states that results from clinical trials that do not meet the ethical requirements of Good Clinical Practice, cannot legally be used by an applicant to justify its application, irrespective of whether the trial was done inside or outside the EU. However, earlier studies indicate that this legislation is not always properly observed: these studies identified trials with an unethical design that were part ...

Compilation of briefing papers assessing the impacts of the financial and economic crisis on the automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries in the EU.

This report is the final Deliverable of the project Global Human Health commissioned by the Scientific and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) of the European Parliament and carried out by the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG). It contains the summary of the workshop Strategies For The Improvement Of Global Human Health held on 29 June 2006 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The issues and recommendations raised at the workshop suggest topics for future technology assessment projects ...