Pharma Firms Told To ‘Keep Your Distance’ When Patients Come To EU CHMP Meetings
The European Medicines Agency is planning to expand the involvement of patients in benefit-risk evaluation of medicines following a successful pilot, but one EU patient group has advised drug companies not to contact patients during their visits to the agency as this could lower the value of their input.
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The European Medicines Agency is extending an ongoing pilot project in which it invites patients to take part in certain meetings that its human medicines committee, the CHMP, holds to discuss the benefits and risks of drugs.