New EU Commissioner Outlines Plans To Tackle Shortages
The EU’s new health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, has outlined the commission’s plans for dealing with medicines access issues in the EU member states. They include completing the review of the EU pediatric and orphan legislation and developing a new strategic plan to tackle shortages and affordability problems next year.
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