EU pharmaceutical unit head dismisses idea of a single European medicines agency
This article was originally published in SRA
A suggestion that Europe could replace national medicines authorities with a single, unified medicines agency along the lines of the US Food and Drug Administration was recently rejected by the head of the Pharmaceuticals Unit within the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. In response to the proposal, floated at the plenary session of the 21st Annual EuroMeeting of the Drug Information Association held in Berlin on 23-25 March, Martin Terberger conceded that there were areas in which the functioning of the European Medicines Agency could be improved, but added that the input from European Union member states remained essential. Faraz Kermani reports.