EU Politicians: 'Bring Pharma Manufacturing Back To Europe'
EFPIA Expresses Concern About Some Proposals In Report
The pharmaceutical industry has given a muted welcome to proposals for building up the EU's resilience to medicine shortages, saying many of the ideas will not tackle the root causes of supply problems and could even serve to undermine innovation.
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In the first of a two-part series of articles on the UK COVID-19 Therapeutics Task Force, the Pink Sheet reports on how task force members are examining the role of therapeutics in tackling the pandemic and why the UK’s manufacturing capability needs to be strengthened so it can meet future demand. The second article will cover the work of the task force and how it is structured to identify and advance promising coronavirus treatments.
A committee of influential politicians in Europe are calling for measures that will see the EU become more self-sufficient in the production of medicines, thereby reducing medicine shortages and dependence on imports from third countries.
From next year, more agencies will be involved in the UK’s regulatory reliance procedure for new drug approvals, which was first introduced in 2021 to allay fears of post-Brexit delays to UK applications. The pharmaceutical industry said it looked forward to working with the regulator on the new framework.