EU Prepares To Reveal Pharma Strategy
Ambitious Proposals Are Due Out Next Week; Medicine Shortages Report Is Also On The Cards
The EU has ambitious plans for dealing with future health crises, bolstering needs-led innovation, improving access to medicines, and tackling drug shortages.
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The EU pharmaceutical strategy published on 25 November will be the first step in a “complete overhaul” of the medicines legislative framework to be proposed in about two years’ time, says the European Commission.
A new legislative proposal is seeking to empower the European Medicines Agency in tracking potential shortages of drugs and medical devices and enable the agency to play a greater role in coordinating clinical trials and vaccine research during health emergencies.
Delegates at this week’s TOPRA conference heard the European Commission’s “holistic” vision of what it would like to achieve through its pharmaceutical strategy, including incentives for innovation, security of the supply chain, product shortages, real world evidence and big data, and the availability and affordability of medicines.