EMA To Draw Up 'Critical Medicine' Lists For Future Health Crises
Industry Will Be ‘Invited’ To Review Product Lists
As part of its expanded mandate, the EU regulator is identifying those medicines whose supply will need to be closely monitored during health crisis situations. The lists will draw on various information sources, including real-world evidence databases.
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