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[Open letter] To Heads of State and Government of the European Union Member States on Pharmaceutical Policy in the Public Interest


Brussels, 2 October 2014 - We are writing to support Member States who have already expressed their concerns on the decision of European Commission President Elect Jean-Claude Juncker to move the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the Commissioner in charge of Health to the Commissioner in charge of Internal Market and Industry within the new Commission. We would like to ask for your full support to have that decision reversed. Dear Head of States, Dear Prime (...)
02/10/2014

5th ESWI Influenza Conference highlights benefits of vaccination


The fifth international influenza conference organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) took place in Riga on 14-17 September. A number of plenary and ’science/policy interface’ sessions examined the issue of low vaccination uptake in many Member States, as well as other issues related to pandemic preparedness and communication aspects of influenza-related health threats. In the opening plenary, ’Why should influenza be a public (...)
26/09/2014

mHealth - an essential component towards integrated care


More integrated prevention and care models have long been recognised as important elements in moving towards better quality and sustainability in healthcare, in particular in view of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and demographic change, and the complexities of multiple morbidities that this brings. By Sascha Marschang, EPHA Policy Manager for Health Systems and Milena Richter, Senior Director European Public Affairs, Sanofi. While healthcare systems move towards (...)
01/09/2014

[EPHA response] mHealth Green Paper consultation


22 July 2014 - Following in-depth discussions with members, EPHA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on its Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) in early July. In its response, EPHA emphasises that mHealth development should not only be seen as a way to gain cost efficiencies, but that relevant solutions - including smartphone applications - must first and foremost aim to bring concrete benefits for different types of end users including patients and health (...)
25/07/2014

Strong Health Workforces and Sustainable Health Systems - HW4All


As a fundamental pillar of the social and welfare model that defines and strengthens European identity, a solid health workforce is a public resource that must be secured at the local, national and global levels. Therefore EPHA supports the HW4All initiative with its goal of reinforcing the ethical guidelines outlined in the 2010 WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. Recent developments On 15 and 16 July, EPHA attended separate meetings with (...)
23/07/2014

Launch of European Call to Action ’A Health Worker for Everyone, Everywhere!’


On 5 June 2014, the partners of the ’Health workers for all and all for health workers’ (HW4All) project released a European Call to Action in support of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. EPHA has been involved in raising awareness of this Code since 2011 and will be co-promoting the European Call to Action, entitled ’A health worker for everyone, everywhere!’, which is now open for signatures (...)
06/06/2014

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

[European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP)] Press Statement: Patients and professionals agree the future vision for hospital pharmacy in Europe


16 May 2014 - A robust set of hospital pharmacy practice standards for Europe has been agreed at an international Summit in Brussels. These standards should be met across European health systems to ensure safe, effective and optimal use of medicines in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. The standards, comprising 44 statements of practice, were agreed at the European Hospital Pharmacy Summit which concluded on Thursday 15th May, and was attended by more than 100 persons. The (...)
16/05/2014

[Press release] eHealth must foster inclusion and solidarity


Brussels, 12 May 2014 – Coinciding with the opening of the 2014 eHealth forum in Athens held under the Greek Presidency, EPHA highlights the necessity that eHealth solutions must meet the needs of all end users including individuals with specific health conditions and their carers, vulnerable groups, and health providers. The rapid growth of mHealth (1), which includes smartphone apps and other tools, such as sensors and robots enabling remote monitoring, ambient assisted living and (...)
12/05/2014