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World Asthma Day: European grassroots initiatives to connect with the asthma community
On May 7th, airways diseases patients celebrated World Asthma Day all over the globe to raise awareness for the disease. In Europe, EFA communicated about current problems related to access to diagnos ...

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Event report of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma published
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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Europeans have positive attitudes towards vaccination, Eurobarometer shows
In March 2019, the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) conducted a study on Europeans’ attitudes towards vaccination. The results of this Special Eurobaromete ...

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CURE asthma project news
In early May, CURE has been highlighted in an article presenting the project and its first results. The article can be found here. Furthermore, EFA did an interview with Prof. Dr. Johan Garssen, Mem ...

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EFA at Land Baden-Württemberg event on personalised medicine
Personalised medicine is both a big opportunity for patients but also a necessity for many people living with a chronic diseases whose severity does not respond to widespread treatments. On March 21st ...

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EU Coalition for Vaccination unites for confidence
The first meeting of the ‘EU Coalition for Vaccination’, convened by the European Commission Directorate General on Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) united student and healthcare professional organis ...

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European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma launches a Blueprint
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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First guidance on new rules for certain medical devices by European Medical Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a first set of guidelines to help prepare for obligations coming from the new EU legislation on medical devices. The guidelines, formatted as a questi ...

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Falsified medicines: New rules to enhance patients' safety
Falsified medicines are fake medicines that are dispensed as real, authorised, medicines. In reality, falsified medicines may contain inactive molecules, or active ingredients which are of low quality ...

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Our takeaways from the ERS Satellite on COPD
FA took part in the last Satellite Precision Medicine training, organised by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) to deliver free cutting-edge education using live-streaming technology. This one day ...

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European Commission Manual for patients: Patients’ rights to accessing healthcare
The European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) has published a manual for patients regarding their rights to access healthcare in any EU/EEA country different from t ...

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Rare diseases: A new platform to support better diagnosis and treatment
In light of the Rare Disease Day in February, the European Commission has launched a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans  ...

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European Food Safety Authority discusses civil society concerns
The use and presence of pesticides, and their classification as endocrine disruptors where among the top food-related health concerns that civil society representatives discussed with European Safety  ...

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EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the European Health Parliament, an advocacy forum co ...

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EU digital prescriptions system kicks off in Finland and Estonia
We welcome the initiative giving patients the possibility to use digital prescriptions: prescriptions issued by a doctor at home can be issued when going to a pharmacist in another EU member state.  ...

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Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results of a report issued by the European Environment  ...

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Quaterly Summary from EFA Working Groups
In December 2018 and January 2019 we organised follow-up calls with EFA Working Groups to discuss hot topics and share national experiences important for allergy and airways diseases patients. Food  ...

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Many obstacles remain to the involvement of patients in the ongoing EU HTA environment
On January 16th, EFA attended the annual meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network Stakeholder Pool, hosted by the European Commission. During the meeting, participants discussed about how t ...

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Advocacy to increase EU research investment at the High-Level Conference on EU Research and Innovation
In March 2000, the European Union stated the ambitious goal of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world, by 2010. To achieve it, the EU has gone through several r ...

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Feedback from the ‘European Patient Innovation Summit’
Which digital technologies have the greatest potential to empower patients? What actions can patient organisations take? These two questions were at the core of the European Patient Innovation Summit  ...

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