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Medicines shortages in Europe: A disconcerting operational and communication challenge


The issue of medicine supply shortages has been highlighted by EPHA and its members throughout 2013, and it once again took centre stage at a recent workshop organised by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP). Already in winter, a common position on the issue has been drafted by members of the European Medicine Agency’s Patients’ and Consumers’ / Healthcare Professionals Working Party. 2014 EAHP Congress, Barcelona The 19th annual EAHP (...)
24/05/2014

Keeping Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on the radar screen, year-round


The global problem of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) demands the continuous attention of the public health community beyond the annual focus of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (marked annually on 18 November). EPHA is committed to raising awareness of AMR-related concerns, including the reduction of antibiotics use, to ensure that people living in Europe can continue to benefit from life-saving antibiotics. Moreover, it is important to promote policy coherence, as well as effective, (...)
22/05/2014

Civil society call for full transparency about the EU-US trade negotiations


Last week, more than 150 NGOs from the US and EU sent a letter to Commissioner De Gucht and US Ambassador Michael Froman explaining their deep concerns about proposals for "regulatory cooperation". A similar letter was sent on 19 May 2014 by a group of Brussels based NGOs have petitoning Commissioner De Gucht for full transparency on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The letter raises EU’s civil society deep concerns about the lack of (...)
19/05/2014

More than 150 NGOs send a letter to EU Trade Commissioner and to US Ambassador in the EU


On 12 May 2014 several NGOs from both sides of the Atlantic sent a letter to the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the US Ambassador Michael Froman spelling out their concerns on proposals for "regulatory cooperation" between the United States and European Union under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It is remarkable that EU and US negotiators have turned a technical issue into the trending topic of the year. The clear lack of transparency that (...)
13/05/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) consultation: A missed opportunity?


On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP). 07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)
07/04/2014

[EPHA response] Public consultation on patient safety and quality of care


In December 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation on patient safety and quality of care in the EU, which ran until the end of February 2014. As Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health, EPHA contributed to this consultation and provided the Commission with the online questionnaire and a letter. The consultation was aimed at seeking the opinion of civil society on: Whether patient safety measures included in the Recommendation 2009 have been (...)
27/03/2014

European Commission report reveals unmet flu vaccination targets


A new European Commisssion report published in January 2014 uncovers that most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets. Of 18 Member States that provided data on seasonal influenza vaccination, only one managed to reach the target for the older age priority group; moreover, data was scarce for other priority groups. A number of barriers identified in the report indicate the need for further reflection and discussion of seasonal flu vaccination involving all stakeholders (...)
22/01/2014

[6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day] Summary: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s event


On 15 November, the 2013 European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) was once again put in the spotlight in Brussels by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and partners through a dedicated conference and social media event, highlighting its key messages on prudent antibiotic use. At the same time, worrying new developments in the areas of antibiotics consumption and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were brought into light to emphasise the urgent need for more (...)
18/11/2013

[EPHA Briefing] Mobile Health (mHealth)


September 2013 -Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate. Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be (...)
17/09/2013

Two new influenza publications & Save the Date 5th Influenza Conference


The European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) has released two new publications which will be of interest for readers with an interest in health systems, in particular health threats and pandemic preparedness. The FluQuest report is an account of the ESWI workshop held on 3 May where the outcomes of the ESWI survey on pandemic preparedness in Europe were shared and placed into context. The second document is the report of the ESWI Flu Summit that was held on the previous day (...)
17/09/2013