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Council conclusions on vaccinations as an effective tool in public health


On 1 December 2014, the Council of Health Ministers released its conclusions regarding vaccinations as an effective tool in public health. They invite national governments and the European Commission (EC) to increase information exchanges with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to focus on risk groups, and convey informed and clear messages on vaccination. The EPSCO conclusions adopted under the Italian Presidency - which (...)
17/12/2014

Eurofound publishes study on access to healthcare in times of crisis


Eurofound - the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - published this week its report, ’Access to healthcare in times of crisis’. EPHA contributed to the report last year, conducting a case study of health system responses in Luxembourg. The report explores which population groups have experienced reduced access to healthcare as a result of the crisis. It presents examples of measures taken by governments and service providers to maintain (...)
26/11/2014

[Press release] European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Fighting ‘superbugs’ to save lives


Brussels, 18 November – Today marks the 7th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) (1) which promotes a more prudent use of antibiotics to tackle the growing challenge of multi-drug resistant ‘superbugs’ (2). Around 25,000 patients die every year in the European Union (EU) as a result of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance will lead to significant health service savings since related costs amount to (...)
20/11/2014

[Report] Patients suffering from medicines shortages in all European countries


A new report on medicines shortages experienced in European healthcare systems reveals that over 86% of hospital pharmacists are experiencing difficulties in sourcing medicines with 66% reporting this as a daily or weekly problem. The top affected areas are medicines to fight infection, cancer drugs and anesthetics. Brussels, 17 November 2014 - The report by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), surveyed the experiences of over 600 hospital pharmacists in 36 European (...)
17/11/2014

[TTIP & Transparency Consultation] EPHA answers to the European Ombudsman Mrs Emily O’Reilly


Brussels, 30 October 2014 - On 29 July 2014, the European Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry towards the European Commission concerning transparency and public participation in relation to the TTIP negotiations (OI/10/2014/RA). The present public consultation concerns that inquiry. The outcome of the TTIP negotiations could have a significant impact on the lives of citizens. The aim of the Ombudsman’s inquiry is to help ensure that the public can follow the progress of these (...)
30/10/2014

[Joint press release] The European Health Community welcomes President-elect Juncker’s decision to ensure the security of all Europeans by regulating health for the public good


October 22th 2014, Brussels – The NGO signatories of this statement wholeheartedly welcome the announcement of the reversal of the decision by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker to move the competence for pharmaceutical and medical devices to the enterprise directorate (1). Following negotiations within the European Parliament and concerns expressed by a number of member states, President-elect Juncker stated today that the "responsibility for medicines and pharmaceutical products (...)
22/10/2014

Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe November 12 (12:30 pm - 3:00 pm), Brussels


Health is a fundamental universal right and access to medicines is part of it. The EU and its Member States are committed to universal and equitable access to healthcare. Nevertheless, millions of European patients suffer from the lack of affordability of many life-saving medicines across Europe. Download the event’s invitation * See the event’s poster An event under the auspices of MEPs Nessa CHILDERS (S&D, IE), Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA (ALDE, ES), Kostas (...)
21/10/2014

EPHA statement on the return of pharmaceutical and medical devices to the health department of the EU


October 10th 2014, Brussels – According to statements by both the S&D (1) and Green Groups (2) yesterday, it seems likely that President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is intending to soften his decision to move pharmaceutical policy from the health portfolio to enterprise. EPHA welcomes this news as a step in the right direction and a possible cause for celebration for the European Parliament (3) and the public health community (4). “I would like to applaud President-elect (...)
10/10/2014

[Letter] To MEPs on #Pharma4Health campaign


October 8 2014, Brussels - On 10th of September, the European Commission President-elected Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the transfer of the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the health portfolio to the enterprise one (now called Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs). Dear Member of European Parliament, The shift of EU pharmaceutical policy will put Europe’s security at risk and is in contradiction with how pharmaceutical policy is (...)
08/10/2014

[Evaluation] European Parliament hearing - Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner-designate for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs


“Placing pharma policy in DG Enterprise was justified. It has traditionally been in DG Enterprise, but was moved to DG Sanco and has once again been instated as an Enterprise competence” said during her hearing Commissioner-designate Elzbieta Bienkowska. By Dorota Sienkiewicz,Health Equity and Policy Coherence Coordinator, and Martyna Giedrojć, EPHA Policy Officer for Health Systems The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest sector in the world. In terms of production, (...)
03/10/2014